Part-time, Intermittent, or Reduced Work Schedule FAQs

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about receiving Disability Insurance (DI) or Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits while working part-time, intermittently, or a reduced work schedule. Visit Part-time, Intermittent, and Reduced Work Schedule for general information.

You may be eligible to receive benefits as long as you:

If you are losing wages, we suggest that you apply for benefits and we will determine if you are eligible. After receiving your properlycompleted claim, we will determine if you are eligible for benefits.

Intermittent leave is when you partially return to work during your claim period at irregular intervals (e.g., days, weeks, or months apart).

Yes. You can receive benefits intermittently while working part-time as long as you continue to meet the other eligibility requirements.

If using SDI Online:

  1. Complete the questions in Section 4 - Paid Family Leave Claim Information.
  2. Answer No to “Do you want to claim the maximum amount of benefit weeks now?”
  3. Provide the date you want to be paid through.
  4. On Section 5 – Employer Information, complete all questions about working, wages, and payment dates.

Note: It may be necessary to send some documents via U.S. mail even if you chose electronic communication.

If using the paper Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits - New Mother (DE 2501FP) (PDF) form:

  1. Check “No” to question 4.
  2. Enter the date you want to stop your bonding claim.
  3. Attach a detailed note to your claim form explaining which days will be worked and the number of hours to be worked each day.

For more information on the form listed, visit Paid Family Leave (PFL) Forms and Publications.

If you have a Voluntary Plan, refer to Report of Voluntary Plan Family Leave (VPFL) Claim (DE 2523F) (PDF).

If you decide to work intermittently after submitting a claim requesting eight continuous weeks of benefits, you will need to contact the EDD. You can:

  • Call 1-877-238-4373 (English) or 1-877-379-3819 (Spanish).
  • Submit a letter to:

Paid Family Leave Customer Service Center
PO Box 45011
Fresno, CA 93718-5011

You can also visit AskEDD and follow these steps:

  • For category, select Paid Family Leave.
  • For sub-category, select Miscellaneous Inquiry.
  • For topic, select Other (Questions).
  • Select Continue, complete the electronic form, and select Submit.

Last Revised: 08/01/2021

Register for Benefit Programs Online

Creating an account is an important step in this process. With Benefit Programs Online, you can submit the required Disability Insurance employee forms in SDI Online.

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