In an initial claim, work in the retroactive period that is above the SGA monthly
level may be determined to be an unsuccessful work attempt, thus allowing payment
for those months. In EXR, a monthly benefit within the 24-month initial reinstatement
period (IRP) (which would include retroactive months) is not payable if work in that
month is SGA. (See DI 13050.066A.)
Also, in an initial claim, a return to SGA within 12 months of the onset can cause
the claim to be denied. In EXR, if the return to SGA is after the EXR request month,
thus allowing at least one month of reinstated benefits, the work activity does not
cause a denial. The individual is placed in suspense for SGA months.
In an initial claim, the individual must meet the medical duration requirements. In
EXR, the individual need only to not have engaged in SGA in the month the request
is filed and then, for Title II purposes, can possibly be entitled in an individual
non-SGA month in the retroactive period.