Reporting Your Wages

The income types shown in the following list must be reported to the Employment Development Department (EDD), even though they may not always affect your benefits. Failure to report your income or that you have returned to work could result in an overpayment, penalties, and a false statement disqualification.

Report the following wages to the EDD:

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

In addition, your benefits may be reduced because of a prior Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family Leave (PFL), or DI overpayment or for delinquent court-ordered support payments.

How Do You Report Wages or Work Status?

You will report any wages on your initial claim form when you file your claim. During your claim, if you receive any of the forms listed below, you must complete and return them to the EDD online or by mail to avoid possible overpayments, penalties, false statement disqualifications, or a stop to your benefit payments.

Report wages or that you’ve returned to work on the following forms:

  • Disability Claim Continuing Eligibility Certification (DE 2593): Report if you have received payment/wages from your employer or workers’ compensation insurance company. You will also report if your disability is continuing or if you have recovered and/or returned to work, and if you remain under the care and treatment of a physician/practitioner.

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

    If you have an SDI Online account, you may submit this form online by selecting the link “2593 DI Claim Status/Eligibility” 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. The DE 2593 must be returned to the EDD online or by mail within 20 days from the mailing date. If this form is submitted late, you may lose benefits.
  • Claim for Continued Disability Benefits (DE 2500A): Report if you have received payment/wages from your employer or workers’ compensation insurance company. You will also report if your disability is continuing, or if you have recovered and/or returned to work.

    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, you may submit this form online by selecting the link “2500A claim for Continued Disability Benefits” 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 selected “electronic” in your SDI Online account as your preferred communication, you will not receive the DE 2500A in the mail. The DE 2500A must be returned to the EDD online or by mail no later than the due date stated on the form. If this form is submitted late, you may lose benefits.

    If you misplaced the DE 2500A, you may request the form via your SDI Online account or by calling 1-800-480-3287.

Report that you’ve returned to work on the following form:

  • Notice of Automatic Payment (DE 2587) (Return only if you have recovered and returned to work prior to your physician/practitioner’s estimated date of recovery).

    If your claim is eligible for automatic payment, you will receive a Notice of Automatic Payment (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 the EDD to avoid an overpayment. If you have an SDI Online account, you may submit this form online by selecting the link “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.

To submit any of the forms stated above using SDI Online, select the link containing the form name in your SDI Online inbox.

To submit any of the forms stated above by mail, complete the form and mail to the EDD using the self-addressed envelope provided.

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