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Work Rules

You can get Social Security retirement or survivors benefits and work at the same time. But, if you are younger than full retirement age and earn more than certain amounts, your benefits will be reduced. It is important to note, though, that these benefit reductions are not truly lost. Your benefit will be increased at your full retirement age to account for benefits withheld due to earlier earnings.



Searching for the SEQY?
Advocates have frequently expressed their frustration when confronting questions about a claimant’s past relevant work without the benefit of an official earnings record. Read More

Benefits Continued Under Ticket To Work Rules
It only took six years, but David Ralph – an attorney from the Elmira office of LAWNY who is well know to be nothing less than persistent – finally convinced an ALJ that his client’s benefits should have not have been discontinued because she was participating in the “Ticket to Work” program. Read More

Facts about the 2008 Stimulus Payments
Instructions for Low-Income Workers and Recipients of Social Security and Certain Veterans’ Benefits Read More

HRA Agrees to Remedy Work Exemption Problems
Many clients in New York City who have already won their Title II and/or Title XVI cases are still being called in for employability appointments before their SSI is paid. These clients may have had their Public Assistance cases closed or sanctioned for not attending a WeCARE or other employability appointment while they are waiting for their favorable SSI decision to be processed and paid. Read More


Empire Justice Memo of Support: Provide a Person’s Treating Doctor with the Appropriate Role in Determining Whether They are Employable
This bill would require that, subject to certain criteria, the treating practitioner’s opinion would be “generally controlling” in the determination of employability. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on the Role of Education and Training in the TANF Program
Testimony on the importance of access to education and training programs for welfare recipients. Read More


Disability Law News - March 2015 Issue
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP advocates. This issue will look at SSA's final rules on submission of evidence in disability claims as well as the reorganization of Medical-Vocational Guidelines. Also in this issue you will find several new court decisions as well as other useful information for advocates. Read More

Disability Law News - September 2009 Issue
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP advocates. Featured in this issue is an article on "Medicaid to Pay for “Point-of-Care” Blood Tests for Lead Poisoning". Also in this issue you will find articles on Regulations, Court Decisions, Administrative Decisions, and the Bulletin Board along with other articles. Read More