Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law requires most Florida employers to purchase workers’ compensation insurance, which provides wage replacement and medical benefits for employees who are injured on the job. In exchange, an injured employee relinquishes his or her right to sue the employer for negligence. Employers may not retaliate against any employee who makes a valid claim for compensation or attempts to claim compensation under Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law.
Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law includes specific criteria for establishing an independent contractor relationship. Employers who hire independent contractors are urged to take note of the criteria in their evaluation of whether the independent contractors should be covered under the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy.