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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Base Period

Your benefit amount is based on the quarter with the highest wages earned within the base period. The following explains how to find your base period.
A base period covers 12 months and is divided into four consecutive quarters. The base period includes wages subject to SDI tax which were paid approximately 5 to 18 months before your disability claim began. The base period does not include wages paid at the time your disability begins. For a DI claim to be valid, you must have at least $300 in wages in the base period. The following information may be used to determine the base period for your claim. If a claim begins on or after January 1, 2017:

Base Period Example: Customer files for disability on 4/1/2017.