I-2-5-72.Earnings Record Information — General

Last Update: 9/28/05 (Transmittal I-2-68)

The earnings record will usually be fully developed when the CF is received in the HO. However, the ALJ or the HO staff must undertake appropriate development if there is any reason to believe that the most recent earnings information in the CF does not accurately reflect all of the claimant's earnings, or if clarification of the earnings information is needed. The ALJ may need current earnings information to:

  • update the existing record; e.g., the claimant's testimony at the hearing indicates that he or she returned to work after the alleged onset date (AOD), and the most recent earnings information in the CF does not show earnings after the AOD;

  • clarify quarters denoted by pound (#) signs;

  • establish or clarify the claimant's work history; or

  • obtain the names and addresses of the claimant's employers.

It is not necessary to verify information on the earnings record, unless there is a reason to doubt its accuracy.