Reporting Your Wages or Work Status

You will report any wages on your initial claim form when you file your claim.

Once you are eligible and receiving benefit payments, you must report any income you received, or that you have returned to work. If you don’t, it could result in an overpayment, penalties, and a false statement disqualification.

Wages to Report

While you are receiving disability benefits, you must report the following wages to us:

  • Sick leave pay
  • Paid time off
  • Self-employment income
  • Military pay
  • Commissions
  • All wages, including modified duty
  • Residuals
  • Part-time work income
  • Bonuses
  • Workers’ compensation benefits
  • Insurance settlements
  • Holiday pay

Your benefits may be reduced if you have a:

  • Benefit Overpayment for a previous Unemployment Insurance (UI), Paid Family Leave (PFL), or Disability Insurance (DI) claim.
  • Late court-ordered child or spousal support payment due.

How to Report Wages

Report any wages on your first claim form when you file for disability. During your claim, if you receive any of the forms listed below, you must complete and return them to us online or by mail to avoid overpayments, penalties, or a false statement disqualification:

Disability Claim Continued Eligibility Questionnaire (DE 2593)

Report the following:

  • Payment or wages from your employer.
  • Payment from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company.
  • If your disability continues and you remain under the care and treatment of a physician/practitioner.
  • If you have recovered and/or returned to work.

Note: If your claim is on automatic payment, after 10 weeks of payment, you will receive a Disability Claim Continued Eligibility Questionnaire (DE 2593). If you do not return the completed DE 2593, your benefits will stop.

Report Online

If you have an SDI Online account, we will email you when the form is available. Follow these steps to complete and submit the DE 2593:

  • Log in to your account.
  • Select Continued Eligibility Questionnaire in your SDI Online inbox.
  • Return the DE 2593 to us online within 20 days from the mailing date.

Report by Mail

If you don’t have an SDIO account, and your preferred communication method is mail, we will send you the paper form. If you do not return the completed DE 2593, your benefits will stop.

Claim for Continued Disability Benefits (DE 2500A)

Report Online

If you have an SDI Online account, we will email you when the form is available. Follow these steps to complete and submit the DE 2500A:

  • Log in to your account.
  • Select Continued Eligibility Questionnaire in your SDI Online inbox.
  • Return the DE 2500A to us online within 20 days from the mailing date.

Report by Mail

If you don’t have an SDIO account, and your preferred communication method is mail, we will send you the paper form. If you do not return the completed DE 2500A, your benefits will stop.

Report the following:

If you are not on automatic payment, you will receive a Claim for Continued Disability Benefits (DE 2500A) every two weeks to certify that your disability continues. If you do not return the DE 2500A, your benefits will stop.

If you have an SDI Online account, we will email you when the form is available. Follow these steps to submit the DE 2500A:

  • Log in to your account.
  • Select Claim for Continued Benefits in your SDI Online inbox.
  • If you selected Electronic in your SDI Online account as your preferred communication, you will not receive the DE 2500A in the mail.
  • Return the DE 2500A to us online or by mail by the due date listed on the form.

Note: If you misplaced the DE 2500A, you can request the form through your SDI Online account or by calling 1-800-480-3287.

Report a Change in Work Status

If you have a change in work status, you must report it. You must contact us to stop your DI benefits:

  • If you have returned to part-time or full-time work.
  • If you have recovered from your disability.

You must report that you’ve returned to work on the Notice of Automatic Payment (DE 2587) only if you have recovered and returned to work before your physician/practitioner’s estimated date of recovery.

  • If you are on autopay, the Notice of Automatic Payment (DE 2587) form is the only form you will receive. You only need to return it if you have returned to work. If your claim is eligible for automatic payment, you will receive a DE 2587 at the time your first payment is issued. If you recover or return to work before your expected recovery date, you need to submit the DE 2587 form to us to avoid an overpayment. If you have an SDI Online account, you can submit this form online. Select 2587 Notice of Automatic Payment in your SDI Online inbox. You will receive an email instructing you to access your SDI Online account when the form is available to complete.

If you have an SDI Online account, we will email you when the form is available. Follow these steps to submit the DE 2587 online:

  • Log in to your account.
  • Select Notice of Automatic Payment in your SDI Online inbox.

To submit your form by mail, complete the form and mail it to us using the self-addressed envelope provided.

If you are eligible for benefits, allow 10 business days to process your payment after we receive the form.

Last Revised: 02/02/2021

Register for Benefit Programs Online

Creating an account is an important step in this process. With Benefit Programs Online, you can apply for Disability Insurance (DI) and manage you claim in SDI Online.