About the Program

California State Disability Insurance (SDI) is a partial wage-replacement insurance plan for California workers. The SDI program is state-mandated and funded through employee payroll deductions. Workers covered by SDI are covered by two benefits: Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave.

Disability Insurance

Disability Insurance provides affordable, short-term benefits to eligible workers who suffer a loss of wages when they are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness or injury, or due to pregnancy or childbirth.

Paid Family Leave

Paid Family Leave (PFL) was established for workers who suffer a loss of wages when they need to take time off from work to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, or registered domestic partner, or to bond with a new child. Beginning July 1, 2014, California workers may be eligible to receive PFL benefits when taking take time off of work to care for a seriously ill parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling. For more information, view Senate Bill 770 (Chapter 350, Statutes of 2013).

State Disability Insurance (SDI) Online

The Employment Development Department (EDD) automated some key SDI services to better serve our customers. SDI Online provides customers with electronic and automated options that are simple to use and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SDI Online is convenient and secure. The new system reduces claim processing time, provides immediate electronic confirmation of forms submitted, decreases costs in paper and postage, and includes security safeguards to detect and manage fraud and abuse.

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