Social Security Disability Resource Center
Overview | How to Qualify | Applications
Requirements | How long it takes | Back Pay
Mental Disability | What is a disability? | Tips
SSI Benefits | How to Win | Disability Awards
Hearings | Appeals | List of Disabling Conditions
Does disability contact your employer?
This is a good question because there are many people who might be eligible to file for disability but they are worried about Social Security contacting their employer.
Social Security generally does not have to contact your employer provided you provide good information about your work during your disability interview. Social Security does not demand that you not be working to file for disability, just that your earnings be under the SGA monthly earnings limit.
For instance, if you are working a part time job and you are earning under $1220.00 gross per month (for the year 2019--to see the current SGA limit), you can file for disability and continue working.
If you are earning more than the SGA limit, the only way you would be eligible to file for disability would be if you allege that your employer is giving you special considerations to enable you to continue working. Special considerations might be longer breaks, more absences, less production, etc., and these are basically things your employer does to make it easier for your to work than other employees performing the same job. If you still want to file for disability, you must allow Social Security to contact your employer to see if your work is actually worth less than the work of other employees doing the same job.
Lets say you are earning 1500.00 gross per month but you employer states that your work is worth 50% of the other employees’ work, Social Security would only count $750.00 as your monthly earnings toward the SGA monthly earnings limit. Consequently, you are eligible to file for Social Security disability or SSI even if you are technically earning over the SGA limit.
The only other reason that Social Security might contact an employer would be if it were discovered during the development of your disability claim that you are working and potentially performing SGA. Sometimes a doctor might mention that you are working, or perhaps you notified the disability specialist working. No matter how they become aware of your work, they will request that a Social Security claims specialist contact you to determine if SGA might be an issue.
If they cannot reach you they may contact your employer to verify your earnings, so that your disability claim can be closed out for the performance of SGA or if they proceed with their disability determination.
Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center
New and featured pages on SSDRC.com
Social Security Disability Requirements
Social Security Disability list of impairments
Social Security Disability Application
Can you get disability for arthritis of the knee?
How much income can you earn on Social Security disability?
If you get denied at a disability hearing, can you win later?
How much can an attorney charge for Social Security disability?
Can you get approved for disability based on Ulcerative Colitis?
The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work
Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability
Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers
More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers
Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI
Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
The SSI Disability Benefits Program
Medical exams for disability claims
Applying for Disability in various states
Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs
Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews
Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children
Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative
What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits
FAQ on Disability Claim Representation
Disability hearings before Judges
Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers
Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits
Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability
Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children
Disability Benefits through Social Security
Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records
Filing your claim for disability benefits
Eligibility for receiving disability benefits
Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved
FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions
The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration
Resources on this site
Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions
Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI
About the Author of SSDRC, Tim Moore
For Individuals living in North Carolina
Applying for Disability in North Carolina
North Carolina Disability Lawyer
Trying to get disability with meniere's, degenerative disc, ankylosing spondylitis, depression, and anxiety
Should I hire a disability lawyer?
An SSI Reconsideration decision
Why was my Social Security disability check reduced?
Can you collect your retirement and Social Security disability?
How does your work history affect a claim for disability?
What about assets if you file for Disability?
Social Security Disability in North Carolina Must be for a Severe Condition
Medical records for SSD or SSI disability application
To be Awarded Disability Benefits in North Carolina, How Severe Does Your Condition Need to Be?
Filing for disability with congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy
Can you qualify for disability based on narcolepsy?
Can I apply for disability at age 62?