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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

About the State Disability Insurance 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 have two benefits available to them: Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL). An estimated 18.1 million California workers are covered by the SDI program.

Disability Insurance

DI was established in 1946 to provide short-term benefits to eligible California workers who have a loss of wages when they are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy.

To learn more about DI, visit Disability Insurance or the State Disability Insurance FAQs.

Paid Family Leave

Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides benefits to individuals who need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner, or to bond with a new child or a child in connection with adoption or foster care placement.

To learn more about PFL, visit Paid Family Leave, the Paid Family Leave Fact Sheet, or the State Disability Insurance FAQs.

SDI Online

The 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 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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