This does and doesn’t protect the small business owner, it just lets any one who has “control” of an individual in any type of work condition get away with screwing not only their “employee”, but the customer also. “I didn’t know the subcontractor, cancelled their WC on their roofer, painter, etc, but since were injured on the job, someone had to pay the medical bills, etc.”. “I didn’t do a background/criminal check, sorry, not my problem! Not my employee!” No one wants the responsibility. Of course, this would be popular with both parties of asswipes, since they all profit from screwing the worker and the taxpayer.