How Does Social Security Consider Work Experience?

By Kenton Koszdin on August 3, 2018 | In Disability Insurance

How Does Social Security Consider Work Experience?

At the fourth step of the sequential evaluation process, the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes a function-by-function comparison of the individual’s residual functional capacity (RFC) and past relevant work (PRW). If an individual retains the physical and mental capacity to perform any past relevant work, he/she Is found not disabled. If the applicant cannot perform any PRW, or the individual has no relevant work, the adjudicator goes to step five. In considering PRW, the SSA examines an applicant’s work experience.

In the context of the Social Security Act and accompanying regulations, the term “work experience” is defined as those skills and abilities acquired through work previously performed by the individual, indicating the type of work the individual may be expected to perform. Thus, work for which an individual has shown some capability is the best indicator of the kind of work that the individual may be expected to do in the future.

The regulations state: “We consider that your work experience applies when it was done within the last 15 years, lasted long enough for you to learn to do it, and was substantial gainful activity (SGA).” Work performed 15 years or more prior to the time the claim is adjudicated is ordinarily not considered relevant, unless a continuity of skills, knowledge, and processes can be established between this work and the applicant’s more recent occupations. Also, under the regulations, examiners may consider individuals working for brief periods of time or sporadically during the 15-year period to have no relevant work experience.

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