Is there workers’ compensation liability in non-monetary bartering agreements?

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Is there workers’ compensation liability in non-monetary bartering agreements?

I am a fashion photographer. In the industry, we have something called “test shoots” or sometimes colloquially known as “time for print (TFP)”. In this scenario, no monetary exchange occurs, but a photographer, model, stylist(s), etc. enter into an agreement (either verbal or written) to organize a shoot for the benefit of each other’s portfolios. In such a bartering scenario, is there any workers’ compensation liability? If so, who is responsible party? I am primarily initiating and organizing these shoots, and I wasn’t sure if the individuals involved would be considered “volunteers”.

Asked on February 23, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Rhode Island

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