Not long ago, this blog discussed a proposed plan by the Social Security Administration to use social media to monitor the disabilities of program applicants and recipients. In essence, if the program was implemented the Social Security Administration could deny an applicant benefits if the organization found pictures or information on the applicant's Facebook or Instagram feed that countered their application claims. This proposal is not currently in use, but its considerations should raise questions for everyone who uses social media in their daily life.
Millions of people across the nation count on disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. When an illness or injury prevents a person from holding down a job, they may rely on the support they receive from the government to take care of their individual needs. New Yorkers throughout the state use their disability benefits to cover a wide range of necessary living costs.
Most people have heard of workers' compensation. It is a form of insurance most employers are required to carry which provides benefits to workers who are injured on the job. It acts as a sort of financial safety net for any employee who is unable to work and concerned about keeping themselves and their family afloat.