(1) Nothing contained in the Professional Employer Organization Registration Act or in any professional employer agreement shall affect, modify, or amend any collective-bargaining agreement or the rights or obligations of any client, professional employer organization, or covered employee under the federal National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. 151 et seq., or the federal Railway Labor Act, 45 U.S.C. 151 et seq.
(2)(a) Nothing contained in the Professional Employer Organization Registration Act or any professional employer agreement shall:
(i) Diminish, abolish, or remove rights of covered employees as to a client or obligations of such client to a covered employee existing prior to the effective date of the professional employer agreement;
(ii) Affect, modify, or amend any contractual relationship or restrictive covenant between a covered employee and any client in effect at the time a professional employer agreement becomes effective, nor prohibit or amend any contractual relationship or restrictive covenant that is entered into subsequently between a client and a covered employee. A professional employer organization 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 professional employer organization has specifically agreed otherwise in writing;
(iii) Create any new or additional enforceable right of a covered employee against a professional employer organization that is not specifically provided by the professional employer agreement or the act; or
(iv) Diminish, abolish, or remove rights of covered employees as to a client or obligations of a client to covered employees, including, but not limited to, rights and obligations arising from civil rights laws guaranteeing nondiscrimination in employment practices. A co-employer shall, immediately after receipt of such notice, notify the other co-employer of such receipt and shall transmit a copy of the notice to the other co-employer within ten business days after such receipt.
(b)(i) Nothing contained in the act 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.
(ii) A covered employee who is required to 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.
(c) A professional employer organization 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 licensing, registration, or certification requirements.
(d) A client shall have the sole right to direct and control the professional or licensed activities of covered employees and of the client's business. Such covered employees and clients shall remain subject to regulation by the regulatory or governmental entity responsible for licensing, registration, or certification of such covered employees or clients.
(3) 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, disadvantaged, or woman-owned business enterprise or as a historically underutilized business is not affected because the client company has entered into a professional employer agreement with a professional employer organization or uses the services of a professional employer organization.