A N A C T
RELATING TO THE RHODE ISLAND WHISTLEBLOWERS' PROTECTIVE ACT
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 28-50-2 of the General Laws in Chapter 28-50 entitled "The Rhode Island Whistleblowers' Protection Act" is hereby amended to read as follows:
28-50-2. Definitions -- As used in this chapter:
(1) "Employee" means a person employed by any employer, and shall include, but not be limited to, at-will empoyees, contract employees and independent contractors.
(2) "Employer" means any person, partnership, association, sole proprietorship, corporation or other business entity, including any department, agency, commission, committee, board, council, bureau, or authority or any subdivision thereof of state or municipal government. One shall employ another if services are performed for wages or under any contract of hire, written or oral, express or implied.
(3) "Person" means an individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, association, or any other legal entity.
(4) "Public body" means all of the following:
(i) A state officer, employee, agency, department, division, bureau, board, commission, council, authority, or other body in the executive branch of state government.
(ii) An agency, board, commission, council, member, or employee of the legislative branch of state government.
(iii) A county, city, town, or regional governing body, a council, school district, or a board, department, commission, agency, or any member or employee thereof.
(iv) Any other body which is created by state or local authority or which is primarily funded by or through state or local authority, or any member or employee of that body.
(v) A law enforcement agency or any member or employee of a law enforcement agency.
(vi) The judiciary and any member or employee of the judiciary.
(vii) Any Federal agency.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.