§ 28-45-16. Reciprocity.
(a) When a sponsor of an apprenticeship program which is registered and operating in a neighboring state requests registration from the department of labor and training to train apprentices for work projects in this state, the sponsor shall be granted registration providing the sponsor conforms with the regulations and standards of the state of Rhode Island.
(b) An apprentice registered in an approved registered apprenticeship program in a neighboring state will be awarded certification of registration for state purposes upon request and on the condition that the neighboring state's sponsorship program is registered with the appropriate state apprentice agency.
(c) The department of labor and training shall have the authority to expand or limit the number of states that are subject to the provisions of subsection (a) of this section by regulation through the promulgation of rules and regulations.
(d) The department of labor and training shall accord reciprocal approval for federal purposes to apprentices, apprenticeship programs and standards that are registered in other states by the U.S. department of labor or a registration agency recognized by the U.S. department of labor if such reciprocity is requested by the apprenticeship program sponsor; program sponsors seeking reciprocal approval must meet Rhode Island wage and hour provisions and apprentice ratio standards.
(P.L. 1979, ch. 75, § 2; P.L. 1998, ch. 387, § 2; P.L. 2011, ch. 164, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 179, § 1.)