A: The term past relevant work means work performed (either as the claimant has actually performed or is generally performed in the national economy) within the last 15 years or 15 years prior to the date that disability must be established. In addition, the work must have lasted long enough for the claimant to learn to do the job and have been performed at substantial gainful activity level.
If the Administrative Law Judge concludes that the claimant has the residual functional capacity to do his/her past relevant work, the Claimant is not disabled. If the claimant is UNABLE to do any past relevant work, the analysis proceeds to the fifth and last step.
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