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  285.730.  Rights of client and PEO — employer agreements, contents — notice requirements — liability — PEO not engaged in sale of insurance — political subdivisions, taxes. — 1.  Except as specifically provided in sections 285.700 to 285.750 or in the professional employer agreement, in each coemployment relationship:

  (1)  The client shall be entitled to exercise all rights, and shall be obligated to perform all duties and responsibilities otherwise applicable to an employer in an employment relationship;

  (2)  The PEO shall be entitled to exercise only those rights and obligated to perform only those duties and responsibilities specifically required under sections 285.700 to 285.750 or set forth in the professional employer agreement.  The rights, duties, and obligations of the PEO as coemployer with respect to any covered employee shall be limited to those arising pursuant to the professional employer agreement and sections 285.700 to 285.750 during the term of coemployment by the PEO of such covered employee; and

  (3)  Unless otherwise expressly agreed by the PEO and the client in a professional employer agreement, the client retains the exclusive right to direct and control the covered employees as is necessary to conduct the client's business, to discharge any of the client's fiduciary responsibilities, or to comply with any licensure requirements applicable to the client or to the covered employees.

  2.  Except as specifically provided under sections 285.700 to 285.750, the coemployment relationship between the client and the PEO and between each coemployer and each covered employee shall be governed by the professional employer agreement.  Each professional employer agreement shall include the following:

  (1)  The allocation of rights, duties, and obligations as described in subsection 1 of this section;

  (2)  A requirement that the PEO shall have responsibility to:

  (a)  Pay wages to covered employees;

  (b)  Withhold, collect, report, and remit payroll-related and unemployment taxes; and

  (c)  To the extent the PEO has assumed responsibility in the professional employer agreement, to make payments for employee benefits for covered employees.

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As used in this section, the term "wages" does not include any obligation between a client and a covered employee for payments beyond or in addition to the covered employee's salary, draw, or regular rate of pay, such as bonuses, commissions, severance pay, deferred compensation, profit sharing, vacation, sick, or other paid-time off pay, unless the PEO has expressly agreed to assume liability for such payments in the professional employer agreement; and

  (3)  A requirement that the PEO shall have a right to hire, discipline, and terminate a covered employee as may be necessary to fulfill the PEO's responsibilities under sections 285.700 to 285.750 and the professional employer agreement.  The client shall have a right to hire, discipline, and terminate a covered employee.

  3.  With respect to each professional employer agreement entered into by a PEO, such PEO shall provide written notice to each covered employee affected by such agreement of the general nature of the coemployment relationship between and among the PEO, the client, and such covered employee.

  4.  Except to the extent otherwise expressly provided by the applicable professional employer agreement:

  (1)  A client shall be solely responsible for the quality, adequacy, or safety of the goods or services produced or sold in the client's business;

  (2)  A client shall be solely responsible for directing, supervising, training, and controlling the work of the covered employees with respect to the business activities of the client and solely responsible for the acts, errors, or omissions of the covered employees with regard to such activities;

  (3)  A client shall not be liable for the acts, errors, or omissions of a PEO or of any covered employee of the client and a PEO if such covered employee is acting under the express direction and control of the PEO;

  (4)  A PEO shall not be liable for the acts, errors, or omissions of a client or of any covered employee of the client if such covered employee is acting under the express direction and control of the client;

  (5)  Nothing in this subsection shall serve to limit any contractual liability or obligation specifically provided in the written professional employer agreement; and

  (6)  A covered employee is not, solely as the result of being a covered employee of a PEO, an employee of the PEO for purposes of general liability insurance, fidelity bonds, surety bonds, employer's liability that is not covered by workers' compensation, or liquor liability insurance carried by the PEO unless the covered employees are included by specific reference in the professional employer agreement and applicable prearranged employment contract, insurance contract, or bond.

  5.  A PEO under sections 285.700 to 285.750 is not engaged in the sale of insurance or in acting as a third-party administrator by offering, marketing, selling, administering, or providing professional employer services that include services and employee benefit plans for covered employees.  The provisions of this section shall not supersede or preempt any requirements under section 375.014.

  6.  For purposes of this state or any county, municipality, or other political subdivision thereof:

  (1)  Any tax or assessment imposed upon professional employer services or any business license or other fee that is based upon gross receipts shall allow a deduction from the gross income or receipts of the business derived from performing professional employer services that is equal to that portion of the fee charged to a client that represents the actual cost of wages and salaries, benefits, payroll taxes, withholding, or other assessments paid to or on behalf of a covered employee by the professional employer organization under a professional employer agreement;

  (2)  Any tax assessed or assessment or mandated expenditure on a per-capita or per-employee basis shall be assessed against the client for covered employees and against the professional employer organization for its employees who are not covered employees coemployed with a client.  Benefits or monetary consideration that meet the requirements of mandates imposed on a client and that are received by covered employees through the PEO either through payroll or through benefit plans sponsored by the PEO shall be credited against the client's obligation to fulfill such mandates; and

  (3)  In the case of a tax or an assessment imposed or calculated upon the basis of total payroll, the professional employer organization shall be eligible to apply any small business allowance or exemption available to the client for the covered employees for purposes of computing the tax.

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(L. 2018 H.B. 1719)


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