House Bill 1783


Section 1

This section adds a new section to an existing chapter 51.12. Here is the modified chapter for context.

  1. Solely for purposes of this title, a freight broker or freight forwarder that enters into an agreement with a licensed common or contract carrier for the transportation of freight on behalf of such broker or forwarder is not the employer of the drivers engaged by such common or contract carrier to operate commercial vehicles owned or operated by such common or contract carrier unless the common or contract carrier is also the driver.

  2. Nothing in this section shall be construed as relieving the owner or lessee of a commercial vehicle from treating the individual operating the vehicle as a worker under this title unless such individuals are not workers within the meaning of RCW 51.08.180 or are otherwise excluded from coverage under RCW 51.08.195.

  3. If an individual is excluded from coverage under this title pursuant to subsection (1) or (2) of this section, the individual may elect coverage under this title in the manner provided by RCW 51.32.030.

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