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The 2019 Florida Statutes

Title XXXI
LABOR
Chapter 451
MARKETPLACE CONTRACTORS
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F.S. 451.02
451.02 Marketplace contractors.
(1) A marketplace contractor must be treated as an independent contractor, and not as an employee, of the marketplace platform for all purposes under state and local laws, regulations, and ordinances, including, but not limited to, chapters 440 and 443, if all of the following conditions are met:
(a) The marketplace platform does not unilaterally prescribe specific hours during which the marketplace contractor must be available to accept service requests submitted through the platform from third-party individuals or entities.
(b) The marketplace platform does not prohibit the marketplace contractor from using the technology application offered by other marketplace platforms.
(c) The marketplace platform does not restrict the contractor from engaging in any other occupation or business.
(d) The marketplace platform and marketplace contractor agree in writing that the marketplace contractor is an independent contractor with respect to the marketplace platform.
(e) The marketplace contractor bears all or substantially all of the marketplace contractor’s expenses incurred by the marketplace contractor in performing the services.
(f) The marketplace contractor is responsible for paying taxes on the marketplace contractor’s income.
(2) Subsection (1) applies to services performed by a marketplace contractor before July 1, 2018, if the conditions set forth in subsection (1) were satisfied when the services were performed.
(3) Compliance with subsection (1) is not mandatory to establish the existence of an independent contractor relationship. The exclusion of any person or service from this section does not create any presumption and is not admissible to deny the existence of an independent contractor relationship.
(4) Third-party individuals or entities seeking services through the marketplace platform and marketplace contractors must comply with chapter 440 in the same manner as if they had not connected through the marketplace platform.
(5) This section does not apply to:
(a) Services performed in the employ of the state, a political subdivision of the state, an Indian tribe, an instrumentality of a state, or any political subdivision of a state or an Indian tribe which is wholly owned by one or more states, political subdivisions, or Indian tribes, respectively, provided that such service is excluded from employment as defined in s. 3306 of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act.
(b) Services performed in the employ of a religious, charitable, educational, or other organization which is excluded from employment as defined in ss. 3301-3311 of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, solely by reason of s. 3306(c)(8) of the act.
History.s. 50, ch. 2018-118.