(a) Unless the independent contractor and hiring contractor enter into an agreement under Section 406.144, the independent contractor is responsible for any workers' compensation insurance coverage provided to an employee of the independent contractor, and the independent contractor's employees are not entitled to workers' compensation insurance coverage from the hiring contractor.
(b) An independent contractor without employees shall be treated in the same manner as an independent contractor with employees and is not entitled to coverage under the hiring contractor's workers' compensation insurance policy unless the independent contractor and hiring contractor enter into an agreement under Section 406.144.
Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 269, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.