§ 5-75-3. Rights, duties and obligations unaffected by this chapter.
(a) Collective bargaining agreements. Nothing in this chapter or in any professional employer agreement shall affect, modify or amend any collective bargaining agreement, or the rights or obligations of any client, PEO, or covered employee under the federal National Labor Relations Act, the federal Railway Labor Act or the State of Rhode Island Labor Relations Act.
(b) Licensing. Nothing contained in this chapter or any professional employer agreement shall affect, modify or amend any state, local, or federal licensing, registration, or certification requirement applicable to any client or covered employee.
(1) A covered employee who must be licensed, registered, or certified according to law or regulation is deemed solely an employee of the client for purposes of any such license, registration, or certification requirement.
(2) A PEO shall not be deemed to engage in any occupation, trade, profession, or other activity that is subject to licensing, registration, or certification requirements, or is otherwise regulated by a governmental entity solely by entering into and maintaining a co-employment relationship with a covered employee who is subject to such requirements or regulations.
(3) Unless otherwise expressly agreed to by the client in the professional employer agreement, a client shall have the sole right to direct and control the professional or licensed activities of covered employees and of client's business.
(c) Tax credits and other incentives. For purposes of determination of tax credits and other economic incentives provided by this state and based on employment, covered employees shall be deemed employees solely of the client. A client shall be entitled to the benefit of any tax credit, economic incentive, or other benefit arising as the result of the employment of covered employees of such client. If the grant or amount of any such incentives is based on number of employees, then each client shall be treated as employing only those covered employees actually working in the client's business operations and covered employees working for other clients of the PEO shall not be counted. Each PEO will provide, upon request by a client or an agency or department of this state, employment information reasonably required by any agency or department of this state responsible for administration of any such tax credit or economic incentive and necessary to support any request, claim, application, or other action by a client seeking any such tax credit or economic incentive. To the extent the client is receiving such benefit, the PEO shall not be entitled to receive such benefit or incentive.
(d) Disadvantage business.
With respect to a bid, contract, purchase order, or agreement entered into with the state or a political subdivision of the state, a client company's status or certification as a small, minority-owned, disadvantage, or woman-owned business enterprise or as an historically underutilized business is not affected because the client company has entered into an agreement with a registrant or uses the services of a registrant.
(P.L. 2004, ch. 87, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 124, § 1.)