Once a Second Circuit disability decision mandate issues, decisionmakers must apply
the holdings of all Second Circuit disability decisions even if no instructions have
been issued by CO. However, SSA may issue a special instruction not to apply some
or all of the holdings stated in the decision. See DI 42586.080.
In general, a holding is a legal principle that forms the basis of the court's decision
on any issue in the case. There may be more than one holding in a decision. A holding
must be applied whenever the principle is relevant.
Any questions concerning the application of a Second Circuit holding should be immediately
Disability Programs Branch New York Regional Office