Calif. State Disability Coverage (SDI)

is a partial wage-replacement insurance plan for California workers.  The SDI program is State-mandated, and funded through employee payroll deductions.  SDI provides affordable, short-term benefits to eligible workers who suffer a loss of wages when they are unable to work due to  a NON WORK-RELATED illness or injury, (otherwise check out Worker’s Compensation)  or a medically disabling condition from pregnancy or childbirth.    Or to say it another way, Disability Insurance (DI) provides short-term benefits to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy.

When SDI expires, try Social Security -SSI, SSDI

Forms and Publications EDD Website


EDD Employers Guide 100 Pages

Disability Benefits 101 on SDI


                                                                   Voluntary SDI Plans? Save $$$ Better Benefits
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Related, Child & Sibling Pages  in Disability Income  Section


California & National Paid Family Leave Act 

Covered CA Subsidized Proposals

Maternity Page





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    • In order to be eligible for DI benefits, you must:

      Be unable to do your regular or customary work for at least eight days. per EDD Eligibility Page

      Your weekly benefit amount (WBA) is approximately 60 to 70 percent (depending on income) of wages earned 5 to 18 months prior to your claim start date up to the maximum weekly benefit amount. Learn More EDD Benefit amount page

      What are the medical eligibility requirements for SDI?

      Medical eligibility is for any illness or injury, either physical or mental, that prevents an individual from doing his or her usual or customary work. This definition also includes disabilities resulting from elective surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. CA Disability Benefits

      How to file a claim.

      Sample claim form

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