The EDD investigator will ask you questions in order to ascertain whether or not you are "able and available" for full-time employment. There's no law that says you cannot seek work while receiving SS benefits. But, if the investigator finds some inconsistency in your answers, then you could be denied benefits. Quoting from the EDD Benefit Determination Guide:
The receipt of retirement or pension benefits may or may not raise a (PWP) Prior Work Pension issue under Section 1255.3; however, the claimant's eligibility under Section 1253(c) is generally questioned because application for retirement benefits implies a withdrawal from the labor market. The claimant can overcome this presumption of unavailability by complying with the requirements of Title 22, Section 1253(c)-1(b), which provide:
"A claimant is available for work during the week for which he or she claims benefits if the claimant is ready, willing, and able to accept suitable employment or has good cause for any restriction on his or her readiness, willingness, or ability to accept such employment and; notwithstanding such a restriction, a substantial field of employment remains open to the claimant . . ."
Some pension plans have provisions that may preclude the claimant working in his or her normal occupation while in receipt of the pension. For example, under some union pension plans, acceptance of the pension may preclude further dispatch through the union. When a claimant can no longer work in his or her normal occupation or trade, the claimant must show that he or she is ready, willing, and able to accept the labor market conditions of an occupation for which he or she qualifies through training or experience.
Other pension plans impose restrictions upon the amount of employment which the claimant may accept without jeopardizing pension rights. For example, Social Security benefits are reduced for persons under the age of 70 if earnings are in excess of specified exempt amounts. Depending on the pension plan, the penalty for exceeding the restrictions may result in reduction or loss of the pension benefit.
When a claimant states that he or she will not accept employment that will interfere with his or her pension benefits, a realistic approach must be taken. It must be recognized that the claimant may not actually understand how wages will affect his or her pension benefit. While the Department should not attempt to explain the provisions of the Social Security law or any other pension plan, it is the interviewers responsibility to refer the claimant to the Social Security office or to the pension provider to secure such information before the individual's eligibility is determined. In no instance should a claimant be disqualified under Section 1253(c) simply because he or she will not give up his or her pension benefit. The availability issue relates to restrictions imposed by the claimant on acceptable employment, not the receipt of the pension.
If a claimant has performed other work since retirement from an employer or union, the presumption of unavailability is weakened considerably. However, it does not conclusively establish attachment to a labor market. The nature and duration of the work performed since retirement and the manner in which it was obtained may have a bearing upon whether or not the work can be viewed as evidencing a re-entry to the labor market.
Some occupations, such as patrol members and state safety workers have mandatory retirement ages established by law. When a claimant is mandatorily retired, availability is dependent upon whether he or she remains available to a substantial field of employment for which he or she is fitted by training or experience. Since the labor market has, in effect, withdrawn from the individual, the claimant would be eligible under Section 1253(c) as long as he or she imposes no unreasonable restrictions on availability, such as performing work in the same occupation.
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