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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Base Period

Weekly Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefit amounts are calculated using a base period. Your benefit amounts are based on the quarter with the highest wages earned within the qualifying base period. This base period covers 12 months and is divided into four consecutive quarters of three months each.

The wages an individual was paid approximately 5 to 18 months before the claim begins are included in the base period. For a claim to be valid, an individual must have at least $300 in wages in the base period. The wages must have been subject to the SDI tax to qualify. The base period does not include wages paid at the time an individual’s disability or need to be off work to provide family care or to bond with a new child begins.

If a claim begins on or after January 1, 2016:


Refer to the DI and PFL Weekly Benefits Chart for further information.

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