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Trial Work Period Defined
(Posted February 19, 2004)
Question 381: What is meant by the term "Trial Work Period" in regard to disability benefits?
Answer: "Trial Work Period" is a term used by Social Security. It may apply when a disabled worker begins new employment while receiving disability benefits under Social Security. SSA allows the worker 9 months of new employment before they SSA starts to investigate whether the worker is still disabled and can continue to receive disability benefits.
RRB uses the same concept for its disability benefits, with additional special work restrictions and penalities based on annual earnings, which can apply as soon as a disabled workers returns to work. See Q&A 300 for a complete discussion of the special work restrictions.
The single most important thing to remember is that any new work activiities, regardless of earnings, must be reported immediately to the RRB.
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