A bill in the Colorado Senate would increase the number of individuals
in the state, including independent contractors in trucking, who must be
covered by workers’ compensation insurance.
The legislation was sought by the state’s trucking association in
response to a recent court ruling that called into question whether
Colorado-based independent contactors in trucking are exempt from the state’s
requirement that they purchase workers’ compensation coverage.
Under Colorado law, all employees in the state are required to have
employer-sponsored workers’ compensation protection. However, independent
contractors under lease agreements as drivers for both common carriers and
contract carriers are not employees for the purpose of workers’ compensation.
Individuals who are employed as drivers have the choice whether to be
covered under workers’ compensation, another form of coverage or opt out of the
Sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver, this measure would repeal
the provisions and include in the definition of employee both drivers who are
independent contractors and drivers who are employees of common and contract
carriers. As employees, the bill would mandate that these individuals be
provided workers’ compensation coverage.
The bill – SB191 – is scheduled for a hearing March 1 in the Senate
State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is encouraging its
Colorado members to contact committee members to voice their support for the