(a) A hiring contractor may not:
(1) wrongfully induce an employee to enter into a joint agreement under Section 406.145 stating that the employee is an independent contractor; or
(2) exert controls over an independent contractor or an employee of an independent contractor sufficient to make that person an employee under common-law tests.
(b) A hiring contractor does not exert employer-like controls over an independent contractor or an independent contractor’s employee solely because of:
(1) controlling the hours of labor, if that control is exercised only to:
(A) establish the deadline for the completion of the work called for by the contract;
(B) schedule work to occur in a logical sequence and to avoid delays or interference with the work of other contractors; or
(C) schedule work to avoid disturbing neighbors during night or early morning hours or at other times when the independent contractor’s activities would unreasonably disturb activities in the neighborhood; or
(2) stopping or directing work solely to prevent or correct an unsafe work practice or condition or to control work to ensure that the end product is in compliance with the contracted for result.
Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 269, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.