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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Benefit Overpayments

An overpayment happens when you receive Disability Insurance (DI) or Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits you should not have received. Once State Disability Insurance (SDI) determines that you were overpaid, the SDI office will send you a form in the mail to explain the reason for your overpayment.

It is important that you complete and return all information requests, as there are some instances when an overpayment can be waived. If it is determined that you were overpaid and the overpayment cannot be waived, you must repay this money.

Benefit payments issued after an overpayment is established may be reduced by 25 to 100 percent to collect your overpayment. You will receive a “Notice of Overpayment Offset,” if a reduction is taken for a DI, PFL, or Unemployment Insurance overpayment.