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Trial Work Period

Definition - What does Trial Work Period mean?

A trial work period is a term used by the Social Security Administration when classifying employment attempts by Social Security Disability Insurance applicants during the course of their application.

Justipedia explains Trial Work Period

The term is used to represent the time frame in which a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applicant or recipient has to try to work a job while still collecting or applying for disability benefits. During this time, there is no change to the disability status or payment.
The trial work period is put in place so that SSDI applicants or recipients can attempt to work a job and see if they are physically capable of doing so. This is stipulated as a 9-month period during which the person may work and not have their SSDI affected in any way.

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