California’s Governor Signs Bill
You can also find out whether or not your potential contractor has been suspended from the Contractors State License Board for some reason. I am sure there are other states that have something similar, but this one seems to be the model of how it should look and operate.
Yes, it is California only again. However, what happens in CA will happen in the rest of the country in the next few years.
(1) Existing law requires private employers to secure the payment of compensation by obtaining and maintaining workers’ compensation insurance or to self-insure as an individual employer or as one employer in a group of employers. The Contractors’ State License Law requires every
workers’ compensation insurance even if he or she has no employees. Failure to comply with this requirement results in the automatic suspension of the license. However, with respect to a license that was active on January 1, 2007, and included a C-39 roofing classification, existing law, until January 1, 2011, requires the registrar of contractors, in lieu of suspending the license,
to remove the C-39 roofing classification from the license if the contractor does not have workers’ compensation insurance coverage. This bill would extend the operation of those provisions until January 1, 2013, with respect to a license that is active on January 1, 2011, with a C-39 roofing classification. The bill would require the suspension of any license that, after January 1, 2011, is active and has had the C-39 roofing classification removed, if the licensee is found by the registrar of contractors to have employees and to lack a valid Certificate of Workers’ Compensation Insurance or Certification of Self-Insurance.