About the State Disability Insurance Program

More than 18 million California workers are covered by the California State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. SDI is a partial wage-replacement insurance plan for eligible California workers. SDI is a deduction from employees’ wages. This is usually shown as “CASDI” on your paystub.

If you are covered by SDI, the following benefits are available to you:

Disability Insurance (DI) provides short-term wage replacement benefits to eligible California workers who have a loss of wages when they are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy.

DI does not provide job protection, only monetary benefits; however, your job may be protected through other federal or state laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).

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If you think you’re eligible for disability benefits, you’ll want to file a claim to apply.

Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides benefits to people who need to take time off work to:

  • Care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner.
  • Bond with a new child entering the family through birth, adoption, or foster care placement.
  • Participate in a qualifying event resulting from an eligible family member’s military deployment to a foreign country.

State employees are divided into 21 bargaining units. SDI covers employees in bargaining units 1, 3, 4, 11, 14, 15, 17, 20, and 21.
SDI pays part of an employee’s wages if they have to stop working due to any of the following:

  • A non-work-related illness or injury.
  • A pregnancy or to bond with a new child entering the family through birth, adoption, or foster care placement.
  • To care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner.

Nonindustrial Disability Insurance (NDI) covers employees and rank-and-file employees in bargaining units 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, and 19.

General Program Information

For general program information or additional SDI data you can view or download:

SDI Online

SDI Online is a fast, convenient, and secure way to submit your DI and PFL claims, and forms online.

Last Revised: 1/19/2021

Register for Benefit Programs Online

Creating an account is an important step in this process. With Benefit Programs Online, you can apply for Disability Insurance (DI) and manage you claim in SDI Online.

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