20 CFR § 259.1 - Initial determinations with respect to employer and employee status.
(b) The General Counsel of the Railroad Retirement Board or his or her designee shall make the initial investigations with respect to:
(c) Upon completion of this investigation the General Counsel, or his or her designee, shall submit to the Board the results of the investigation together with a recommendation concerning the coverage determination. The Board shall make the initial determination with respect to the status of any person as an employer or as an employee under the Railroad Retirement Act and Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act. The Secretary to the Board shall promptly notify the party or parties, as defined in § 259.2 of this part, and other interested persons or entities of the Board's determination.