SL 20001.220 When Federal and State Laws Apply
Federal law governs determinations involving coverage of State and local government
employees. These determinations may be based on decisions regarding specific issues
to which Federal law is applied and other issues to which State law is applied. It
is important to know whether Federal or State law is applied in making a determination
on a specific issue.
Generally, questions involving interpretation or application of State law are resolved
by the authorized legal officers of the State in accordance with applicable State
and local laws, regulations and the State court decisions. Listed below are the more
significant issues that will require such determinations and the authority under which
the determinations are to be made:
Does an employer-employee relationship exist?
What is the identity of the employer?
Are earnings wages?
What are emergency services?
What are student services?
Who is an officer of a state or political subdivision?
Is an entity a political subdivision?
What is the legal status of a new entity?
Is a function governmental or proprietary?
Is a position under a retirement system?
Which employees are eligible for membership in a retirement system?
Who is an employee for purposes of retirement system participation?
What is the definition of a police officer or firefighter position?