An employer-employee relationship is a requirement for an individual to be eligible for workers' compensation coverage. According to the South Carolina Supreme Court, this is a fact-specific determination reached by applying certain general principles (South Carolina Workers' Compensation Com'n v. Ray Covington Realtors, Inc., 318 S.C. 546 (1995)). The general test is whether the alleged employer has the right and authority to control and direct the particular work or undertaking, as to the manner or means of its accomplishment. In determining the control issue, the court looked at the following factors:
Any direct evidence of the right or exercise of control;
The method of payment;
Who furnishes tools and equipment; and
Whether the alleged employer has the right to fire.