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What is Sedentary Work?

Definition of Sedentary Work

Social Security Disability claimants who are relegated to sedentary work due to their physical residual functional capacity will be required to lift no more than 10 pounds at a time (could include things such as docket files, small tools or ledgers). Sedentary work involves primarily sitting, but claimants will need to be able occasionally walk or stand. Occasionally can range from very little up to 1/3 of the time, but it should be for no more than 2 hours in an eight hour workday. Social Security Disability claimants who are able to perform sedentary work must be able to carry out other non-exertional tasks such as remembering, understanding, manipulating, seeing and following simple instructions.

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