The Washington Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s determination that an online pet services platform wasn’t an employer and pet service providers on the platform weren’t “workers” under the Industrial Insurance Act.

In a June 6 opinion, Judge Bradley A. Maxa determined that pet service providers on A Place for Rover Inc., an online platform for pet services, weren’t working under an independent contractor and, therefore, the Superior Court hadn’t erred in reversing the Department of Labor and Industries’ order requiring Rover to pay an assessment of $219,947.75 in industrial insurance taxes and fines.