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Return to Railroad Work by Disabled Worker
(Posted June 25, 2004)
Question 471: Can an employee return to the railroad after being granted a permanent disability under Railroad Retirement?
Answer: Yes, but the Disability Annuity payments would be stopped immediately.
Under Railroad Retirement, the disabled worker can retain employment rights with the railroad until the worker reaches normal retirement age. If the worker continues to work for a significant time, the Disability Annuity eventually will be terminated.
Such a return to rail work is extremely rare, especially from a Total and Permanent Disability Annuity. The worker's condition would have to improve to the point that all the physicial and mental demands of the job could be met.
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