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Definition of "Make Work"

619. Definition of "Make Work"

619.1 What is "make work"?

"Make work" is work involving minimal or insignificant duties. This type of work makes little or no demand on you and contributes little or nothing to the employer or your business (if self-employed).

619.2 Does doing "make work" show your ability to do substantial gainful activity?

Your performance of "make work" does not show that you are able to do substantial gainful activity.

Last Revised: Jul. 26, 2005

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