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Please note there are important changes on the Notice of Contribution Rates and Statement of Unemployment Insurance UI Reserve Account (DE 2088).
DE 2088 notices issued to employers after May 6, 2022, will no longer display the State Disability Insurance (SDI) rate and taxable wage limit. Instead, the DE 2088 will include an Employment Development Department (EDD) website link where employers can find the SDI information.
Visit the Tax-Rated Employers page for more SDI information.
In May 2021, the Employment Development Department (EDD) implemented the Box.com application. This is an online cloud service platform that provides the Tax Branch the ability to receive large files of up to 15 GB through a secure and encrypted channel.
Prior to launching the Box.com application, customers had limited options such as fax, email, and mailing paper documents during a tax audit, or while working with a compliance representative. While these methods of data sharing are still available to customers, the Box.com application has provided a simple and streamlined process for submitting employer records in the telework environment. In the near future, the Tax Branch is looking to expand the use of this tool for its outbound functionality, which will allow us to share data externally with our customers. We have received positive feedback over the last several months as Box.com has made collaborating with our customers a simple, seamless, and efficient process.
State Disability Insurance (SDI) can seem like a maze of information. Employers and Human Resource (HR) personnel trying to help their employees may wonder where to turn when they have questions. There are, actually, many options.
- Attend an SDI webinar. SDI webinars offer a wealth of information and, the best part, they are followed by Q&A sessions. Sign up for a webinar by going to the Outreach Events Information page.
- Call the Employer-Dedicated Help Line at 1-855-342-3645. This line is dedicated solely for employers/HR professionals and licensed health professionals to answer specific claim related and/or SDI Online questions.
- Email the DIB Outreach Mailbox with general program questions. This mailbox is staffed during business hours Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays. Please note: This email is for general questions only and cannot help with claim-specific questions.
Visit the SDI website to find more information about the program.
The Disability Insurance Branch (DIB) is taking action to halt suspected organized criminal elements who are attempting to file false Disability Insurance (DI) claims. The criminals use stolen identities and credentials of individuals and licensed health care professionals in order to perpetrate the fraud. In order to receive benefits, licensed health care professionals are required to certify the illness, pregnancy, injury, or disability of the individual seeking DI benefits from the Employment Development Department (EDD). Evidence of the scam included an increase in new licensed health care professional online accounts and a rise in DI claims. The DIB partnered with various stakeholders who assisted with helping to identify legitimate claims as well as how to report suspected fraud. To help protect legitimate providers and claimants from further fraud, the DIB boosted its licensed health care professional vetting process by implementing a federally trusted verification technology called ID.me that specializes in digital identity protection to enhance the current verification process.
Employers who receive a Notice to Employer of Disability Insurance Claim Filed (DE 2503) or Notice to Employer of Paid Family Leave Claim Filed (DE 2503F) that they believe is fraudulent should return the form to the EDD along with any information about the fraudulent activity. Attach any documents to support the information contained in the form. Employers may also file a fraud report by visiting the EDD homepage and selecting the “Help Fight Fraud” link. Employers should also notify their employee that they are likely a victim of identity theft and that there are measures they can take to protect their identity. Identity theft victims may also want to file an identity theft report with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
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Last Revised: 05/25/2022