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FAQs – Pregnancy

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Yes. The usual disability period for a NORMAL pregnancy is up to four weeks before the expected delivery date and up to six weeks after the actual delivery. However, your physician/practitioner may certify to longer periods if there are medical complications, if you are unable to perform your regular or customary job duties, or to a longer post-partum period if the delivery is by Cesarean section.

No. Your claim begins when you are suffering a loss of wages and your physician/practitioner confirms that you have a disability which prevents you from doing your regular or customary job duties. However, if your doctor certifies you must limit your hours of work or modify your work duties due to your pregnancy disability you may be eligible for partial or full disability insurance benefits.

No. Your post-partum benefits are limited to the period that you are actually disabled and incapable of doing your regular or customary work.

You may be eligible for benefits based on an assessment of all factors, including your age, occupation, job limitations, prior pregnancy history, current medical condition, and your physician’s/practitioner’s certification that you are unable to do your regular or customary work.

The Disability Insurance Elective Coverage program, administered by the Employment Development Department, offers business owners and self-employed individuals the opportunity to protect themselves against loss of income due to injury, pregnancy or illness, whether or not it is work related.

Disability Insurance (DI) benefits are not reportable for tax purposes except when considered to be a substitute for unemployment compensation when paid to an individual who is ineligible for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits solely because of the disability. Only in this instance, where DI benefits are received in lieu of UI benefits, will the EDD provide the claimant with a 1099G form showing amounts paid which are reportable (no more than the original UI maximum) and forward a copy of the 1099G to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits are reportable for federal purposes but not state tax purposes. The EDD will provide all claimants with a 1099G form and forward a copy of the 1099G to the federal IRS. The PFL benefits are not taxable or reportable to the California State Franchise Tax Board.

No, SDI deductions are not pre-taxed.

If you already have an active DI claim for maternity leave, you will automatically be sent the form to transition from DI to PFL for bonding with your new baby. You may also file the PFL claim form through SDI Online.

First 5 California provides resources, support, programs, and information for children ages 0 to 5 and their families.