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Voluntary Plans

A Voluntary Plan (VP) is an alternative to State Disability Insurance (SDI). A VP must provide all the benefits of SDI and at least one benefit that is better than SDI, and it cannot cost employees more than SDI. An employer or a majority of employees can apply for approval of a VP to receive Paid Family Leave (PFL) and Disability Insurance benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

If you are covered by a VP, you can submit a claim if you need time off work to:

  • Care for a seriously ill family member (a 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 because of the military deployment of an eligible family member (spouse, registered domestic partner, parent, or child).

Visit Voluntary Plan Claim Eligibility and Requirements to learn more.

Last Revised: 03/01/2022