California law allows employers or a majority of employees to apply to the Employment Development Department (EDD) for approval of a Voluntary Plan (VP) for the payment of Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits in lieu of the mandatory State plan coverage. To be approved for a VP, the employer must post a security deposit with the EDD to guarantee that it meets all obligations of the VP.
For additional information about the VP program:
- Call the Voluntary Plan Group (VPG) at 916-653-6839.
- Send an inquiry by e-mail to: VPProgram@edd.ca.gov.
- Write to:
Employment Development Department
Disability Insurance Branch, MIC 29 VP
P.O. Box 826880
Sacramento, CA 94280-0001
For more information on the VP program, such as types of security deposits, reporting requirements, and disputed coverage claims, reference the Disability Insurance Employer’s Guide to Voluntary Plan Procedures (DE 2040). For additional forms and materials, visit VP Forms and Publications.