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§ 9-210. Farm worker

West's Annotated Code of MarylandLabor and Employment

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Labor and Employment
Title 9. Workers' Compensation (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. Covered Employees and Employers (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Labor and Employment, § 9-210
§ 9-210. Farm worker
(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Farmer” includes a dairy farmer.
(3)(i) “Migrant farm worker” means an individual who is engaged in seasonal or other temporary agricultural employment and who is:
1. absent overnight from the permanent residence of the individual; or
2. transported to and from the place of employment of the individual by a day-haul operation.
(ii) “Migrant farm worker” does not include an individual who performs a service included in subsection (b) of this section if the individual:
1. does not operate equipment or machinery; and
2. is employed:
A. within 25 miles of the permanent residence of the individual; and
B. for not more than 13 weeks a year.
Covered employee
(b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, an individual, including a migrant farm worker, is a covered employee if:
(1) the individual receives compensation from a farmer for any service other than office work, including:
(i) operating a machine connected with animal, crop, or soil management;
(ii) constructing or repairing a fixture or machine; or
(iii) handling an animal or crop with or without a machine; and
(2) the farmer has:
(i) at least 3 full-time employees; or
(ii) an annual payroll of at least $15,000 for full-time employees.
(c) An individual, other than a migrant farm worker, who receives compensation from a farmer for a service is not a covered employee if:
(1) the individual customarily is engaged in an independent business occupation of the same nature as that of the service performed;
(2) the individual is free from control and direction over the individual's performance of the service;
(3) the individual provides the individual's own equipment, materials, and tools; and
(4) the farmer is not required to withhold Social Security, unemployment, State, or federal taxes from the compensation paid to the individual.


Added by Acts 1991, c. 8, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1991. Amended by Acts 1991, c. 21, § 4; Acts 1996, c. 238, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1996.
Formerly Art. 101, § 8.
MD Code, Labor and Employment, § 9-210, MD LABOR & EMPLY § 9-210
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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