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Donna Marie

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Skills Transferrable?
« on: August 10, 2017, 09:24:05 PM »
Hi all,

I tried to read the last link on grid rules, and I don't understand how the decision is made if skills are transferrable.

Before retail (my last 4 years of work) I did data entry. Would having my dominant hand issues make my skills non-transferrable?

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Re: Skills Transferrable?
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 04:51:36 AM »
Transferability of skills is, at once, one of the most difficult and important parts of the process.  Many State DDS's have one or more Specialists who help in the difficult cases, that is why the ALJ hires a Vocational Expert to answer specific questions and respond to the hypothetical's the ALJ may pose.

Transferability of skills deals with the knowledge learned through specific training and the ability to transfer that knowledge to other jobs.  A laborer with a limited education will not be able to transfer his/her skills to a job as a computer programmer.  A warehouse supervisor MAY be able to transfer report writing, leadership skills, etc. to a sedentary job.  

The ability to use or not use a hand, leg, or any other body part has nothing to do with transferability of skills.  That would be a physical limitation.  The ALJ may, in one of his/her hypothetical's ask the VE "Would a hypothetical worker of the same age, education, and Past Relevant Work as the claimant be able to perform ANY of his/her PRW?"  In this case the answer would likely be "yes" because limited use of the hand would probably not prevent many retail jobs.  If the ALJ adds the physical restriction of not being able to stand/walk for two hours at a time, the ability to perform retail work would likely be eliminated.  At that point, the inability to finger would eliminate many, if not most, sedentary jobs.  


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Donna Marie

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Re: Skills Transferrable?
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 09:42:50 AM »

physical restriction of not being able to stand/walk for two hours at a time, the ability to perform retail work would likely be eliminated.  At that point, the inability to finger would eliminate many, if not most, sedentary jobs. 




I think trying understanding the grid for me is clear as mud!

Thank you for your time you guys are always a huge help!







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Re: Skills Transferrable?
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 12:14:03 PM »
I still find this confusing.  My job was high skill (8) and medium exertion.  I am 53 years old and they agreed that I couln't do my prior work.  I don't see how any skills (karate instructor) were transferable.  They didn't mention transferable skills at my hearing.  Just asked if I could do prior work(no) based on I think the RFC the DDS worker had given me, other work (3 jobs), then ALJ added in limitations (no jobs).  Never mentioned transferable skills.

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Re: Skills Transferrable?
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 06:13:53 PM »
That's good for you Kicksnomore.

When you have a clerical background it's highly transferrable.

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Re: Skills Transferrable?
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2017, 07:58:25 PM »
That's what I thought, but they didn't seem to consider grid rules.  Good luck to you.

 

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