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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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.


Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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