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 18.7 million California workers are covered by the SDI program.
To request general program information or data about State Disability Insurance, complete the State Disability Insurance Request for Information Form (DE 2541E) and return it to the Employment Development Department using the appropriate email address listed on the form.
Note: Inquiries about individual claims using this form will not be answered.
- Disability Insurance
- Paid Family Leave
- State Disability Insurance (SDI) Online
- SDI for State Employees
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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.
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 entering the family through birth, adoption, or foster care placement.
SDI Online provides customers with convenient and secure online claim filing and management options that are simple to use and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The system reduces claim processing time, provides immediate confirmation of forms submitted, decreases costs in paper and postage, and includes security safeguards to detect and manage fraud and abuse.
To file a DI or PFL claim in SDI Online, you must first complete a one-time registration to establish a Benefit Programs Online account. Visit the Benefit Programs Online (BPO) login page and select Register to get started creating an account now.
After you have registered for and logged in to BPO, select SDI Online which will direct you to the SDI Online Registration Options. Once your registration is complete, log in to BPO and select SDI Online to be directed to your Home page to file your claim.
SDI for State Employees
State employees are divided into 21 bargaining units. SDI covers employees in bargaining units 1, 3, 4, 11, 14, 15, 17, 20, and 21.
SDI pays part of an employee’s wages if they have to stop working due to the following:
- A non-work-related illness or injury.
- A pregnancy or to bond with a new child through birth, adoption, or foster care placement.
- To care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner.
Nonindustrial Disability Insurance (NDI) covers excluded employees and rank-and-file employees in bargaining units 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, and 19.
For more information, visit Nonindustrial Disability Insurance.