In order to receive Social Security Disability benefits, a claimant must prove an inability to engage in substantial gainful employment for at least one year. In virtually all States, including the State of Florida, in order to receive unemployment compensation, one must affirm a readiness, willingness and ability to engage in employment. In other words, seeking Social Security Disability and unemployment compensation at the same time, is an apparent contradiction. A person can’t be both unable to engage in substantial, gainful employment because of a disability, yet affirm an ability to work.
Both President Obama in his newest budget and House Republican Sam Johnson, agree on this issue. Rep. Johnson has recently introduced H.R. 1502, “The Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act of 2013.” Both proposals would outlaw receipt of Social Security Disability Benefits, during any period that a Claimant receives unemployment compensation benefits.
The proposal codifies what many Social Security Judges are already doing-denying benefits for any period of time that a claimant is receiving unemployment benefits.
According to Rep. Johnson’s office, the bill is estimated to save taxpayers $1 billion dollars over a ten year period.
Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer, Randy Zeldin, Esq., represents claimants seeking Social Security Disability Benefits in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.