If you are disqualified from receiving Disability Insurance (DI) or Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits, you will receive an Appeal Form (DE 1000A) with your disqualification notice. You have the right to appeal any disqualification within 20 days of the mailing date of the notice from the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. Complete the form with a detailed explanation of why you believe the disqualification is in error. If the form is lost or misplaced, you may also send SDI a detailed letter. Be sure to include your Social Security number, address, and add your printed name and signature to the letter.
SDI will carefully evaluate the detailed facts you provide in the DE 1000A or appeal letter and notify you of our findings. If you provide additional information showing you are eligible for benefits, SDI will issue payments on the claim, if appropriate (sometimes the benefits were already paid so we will not pay anything more), and advise you of this. If SDI is not able to begin payments, your letter will be forwarded to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board local Office of Appeals and you will be sent the location and telephone number of that office. The Office of Appeals will notify you of a hearing date and time. At the hearing, an Administrative Law Judge, an impartial third party, will listen to both sides of the appeal issue and make a determination based on facts presented by you and by an SDI representative.
If your Voluntary Plan (VP) denies benefits and you disagree with the denial, you have the right to appeal the decision and have a hearing before an impartial Administrative Law Judge. To file an appeal, send SDI a detailed letter stating why you think the VP denial is incorrect. Be sure to print and sign your name on the appeal letter, and include your Social Security number, address, telephone number, and the name of your employer. SDI will file the necessary appeal documents with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board local Office of Appeals but will not pay SDI benefits in the interim nor attend the appeal hearing. It is important for you to attend your appeal hearing.
If you receive a Notice of Hearing and cannot attend, you should call the Office of Appeals that is handling your hearing to reschedule. If you fail to appear, the appeal will be dismissed. For additional information, please call DI at 1-800-480-3287 or PFL at 1-877-238-4373.