The following information are excerpts from the "California's Programs for the Unemployed", a pamphlet published and distributed by the Employment Development Department (EDD). You can download a full copy here.

State Disability Insurance

The State Disability Insurance (SDI) Program provides temporary benefit payments to workers for non-work-related disabilities

Within SDI are two benefit programs, Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL). DI benefits are paid to eligible California workers experiencing a loss of wages when they are unable to perform their regular or customary work due to a non-work-related illness or injury, pregnancy or childbirth. PFL benefits are paid to individuals unable to work because they need to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new minor child.

The first seven days of your claim is a waiting period for which no benefits are payable. Benefits begin with the eighth day of disability or leave. You cannot receive DI, PFL, and Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits for the same period, or any combination thereof.

Disability Insurance

Most workers covered by California Unemployment Insurance are also covered by State Disability Insurance (SDI). The program is financed entirely by covered workers through a payroll tax withheld from their earnings. The contribution is based on a percentage of a worker’s earnings. The contribution rate may vary from year to year depending on the balance in the Disability Fund. Specific information about the contribution rate is available from any EDD office. DI is payable for a maximum of 52 weeks.

Employees of local public entities (except workers in district hospitals) are not covered by SDI unless the employer elects such coverage. Employees of the State or of State-funded institutions of higher education may, through their collective bargaining units, elect to be covered by SDI. Self-employed individuals may elect to be covered by SDI.

Paid Family Leave

Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits may be available to you if you are unable to work because you need to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child. PFL benefits are payable for a maximum of six weeks in a 12-month period. Deductions for Paid Family Leave coverage began January 1, 2004.

PFL is a component of the SDI program. Workers covered by SDI will also be covered for PFL. Workers who are covered by a Voluntary Plan for SDI will be covered for PFL through their Voluntary Plan.

File a DI or PFL Claim

  • Obtain a Claim Form

    You can obtain a claim form from any public EDD office. You may call the DI or PFL toll-free numbers listed on the right and request a form be mailed to you. Medical providers, hospitals, or employers may have a claim form, or you may obtain a form through EDD’s Web site at www.edd.ca.gov.
  • Fill Out Your Claim

    The Claim for DI and PFL Benefits provides you with instructions for completing the claim form. PFL applicants should pay special attention to instructions for the type of claim (i.e. caring for a seriously ill family member or bonding with a new child). It is very important to include your social security number and sign and date the claim form. Please print your information clearly and review it for completeness and accuracy. If you need help in completing the form, call the DI OR PFL toll-free numbers listed on the right for assistance.
  • Doctor's Certificate for DI Applicants

    If you are submitting a claim for DI, give the claim form to your medical provider to complete the "Doctor’s Certificate."
  • Mail your Form

    Mail your claim form within 49 days from the first day you become disabled or the first day of your period of family leave. If you submit your claim later than 49 days, you may lose benefits for the number of days that the claim islate unless you can establish "good cause" for late filing. To establish good cause, attach a detailed explanation to your claim form telling why it is late.

Visit EDD

Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) are both handled by the Employment Development Department (EDD). They have offices located throughout the state where claim forms can be picked up.

Find your local EDD office

You can also stop by SASSFA to pick up EDD forms. An EDD representative is on hand every Thursday from 8am to 5pm to answer any questions you may have.

Get Claim Forms Online

To download claim forms and get more information:

Disability Insurance | Paid Family Leave

For general information, visit www.edd.ca.gov.

EDD Phone Numbers

You can call one of the toll-free numbers below to request a claim form by mail or get additional information:

Disability Insurance

  • English
    1(800) 480-3287
  • Mandarin
    1(866) 658-8846
  • TTY (Non-voice)
    1(800) 563-2441

Paid Family Leave*

  • English
    1(877) 238-4373
  • Armenian
    1(866) 627-1567
  • Spanish
    1(877) 379-3819
  • Punjabi
    1(866) 627-1568
  • Cantonese
    1(866) 692-5595
  • Tagalog
    1(866) 627-1569
  • Vietnamese
    1(866) 692-5596
  • TTY
    1(800) 445-1312

*When calling via the California Relay Service (711), please provide the Paid Family Leave Insurance number (1-877-238-4373) to the operator.

*SASSFA also has phones with direct lines to EDD.

Unemployment Insurance

Were you looking for information on applying for and receiving unemployment benefits?

Find out about  CA Unemployment Insurance.

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