2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:8-68 - Provisions of leasing agreements.
34:8-68 Provisions of leasing agreements.
2. a. Every employee leasing agreement shall provide that the employee leasing company:
(1)Reserves a right of direction and control over each covered employee assigned to the client company's location. However, a client company may retain sufficient direction and control over the covered employee as is necessary to conduct the client company's business and without which the client company would be unable to conduct its business, discharge any fiduciary responsibility that it may have, or comply with any applicable licensure, regulatory or statutory requirement of the client company;
(2)Assumes responsibility for the payment of wages to each covered employee without regard to payments by the client company to the employee leasing company, except that the provisions of this paragraph shall not affect the client company's obligations with respect to the payment of wages to covered employees;
(3)Assumes responsibility for the payment of payroll taxes and collection of taxes from payroll on each covered employee;
(4)Retains authority to hire, terminate, discipline, and reassign each covered employee. However, no covered employee shall be reassigned to another client company without that covered employee's consent and the client company may have the right to accept or cancel the assignment of any covered employee;
(5)Has given written notice of the relationship between the employee leasing company and the client company to each covered employee it assigns to perform services at the client company's work site;
(6)Shall, except for newly established business entities, hire its initial employee complement from among employees of the client company at the time of execution of the employee leasing agreement at comparable terms and conditions of employment as are in existence at the client company at the time of execution of the employee leasing agreement and as designated by the client company. Throughout the term of the employee leasing agreement the covered employees shall be considered employees of the employee leasing company and the client company and upon the termination of the employee leasing agreement, the covered employees shall be considered employees of the client company;
(7)Continue to honor and abide by existing collective bargaining agreements applicable to covered employees. The client company shall also continue to honor and abide by all collective bargaining agreements applicable to covered employees. Every employee leasing company which enters into a contract with a client company, which has a collective bargaining representative for the covered employees, shall require that client company to enter into an agreement with the employee leasing company containing the following language:
"The client company shall continue to honor and abide by the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreements, and upon expiration thereof, any obligations of the client company to bargain in good faith in connection with such collective bargaining agreements shall not be affected in any manner by the employee leasing agreement."
(8)Shall provide workers' compensation insurance for their covered employees.
b.Every employee leasing agreement shall provide that the employee leasing company and the client company shall each retain a right of direction and control over management of safety, risk and hazard control at the work site or sites affecting each covered employee including:
(1)Responsibility for performing safety inspections of client company equipment and premises;
(2)Responsibility for the promulgation and administration of employment and safety policies; and
(3)Responsibility for the management of workers' compensation claims, the filings thereof, and procedures related thereto.
c.Nothing in this section or this act shall alter the rights or obligations of client companies, employee leasing companies or covered employees under the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. s.151 et seq.
d. (1) Nothing in P.L.2001, c.260 (C.34:8-67 et seq.) or in any employee leasing agreement shall diminish, abolish or remove any obligations of covered employees to a client company or any obligations of any client company to a covered employee existing prior to the effective date of an employee leasing agreement, or create any new or additional enforceable right of a covered employee against an employee leasing company that is not specifically provided by the appropriate employee leasing agreement or P.L.2001, c.260 (C.34:8-67 et seq.).
(2)Nothing in P.L.2001, c.260 (C.34:8-67 et seq.) or in any employee leasing agreement shall affect, modify, or amend any contractual relationship or restrictive covenant between a covered employee and any client company in effect at the time an employee leasing agreement becomes effective; nor shall it prohibit or amend any contractual relationship or restrictive covenant that is entered into subsequently between a client company and a covered employee. An employee leasing company shall have no responsibility or liability in connection with, or arising out of, any such existing or new contractual relationship or restrictive covenant unless the employee leasing company has specifically agreed otherwise in writing.
e. (1) Nothing in P.L.2001, c.260 (C.34:8-67 et seq.) or in any employee leasing agreement shall affect, modify or amend any state or local registration or certification requirement applicable to any client company or covered employee.
(2)A covered employee who is required to be licensed, registered, or certified pursuant to any State law or regulation shall be considered solely an employee of the client company for purposes of that license, registration, or certification requirement.
(3)An employee leasing company 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 an employee leasing agreement with a client company who is subject to those requirements or regulations.
(4)A client company shall have the sole right of direction and control of the professional or licensed activities of covered employees and the client company's business. Those covered employees and client companies shall remain subject to regulation by the regulatory or governmental entity responsible for licensing, registration, or certification of those covered employees or client companies.
f.A client company's certification as a small, minority-owned, disadvantaged, woman-owned business enterprise or an historically underutilized business for the purposes of any bid, contract, purchase order, or agreement entered into with the State or a political subdivision of the State, shall not be affected because the client company has entered into an employee leasing agreement with an employee leasing company.
g.Any benefit that a client company is required to provide to covered employees that is provided to covered employees by an employee leasing company through an employee leasing agreement shall be credited against the client company's obligation to fulfill the requirement.
L.2001, c.260, s.2; amended 2011, c.118, s.2.
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