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State Disability Insurance

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. The employee is responsible for applying for State Disability Insurance (SDI). If you are covered by SDI, the following benefits are available to you:

1. Disability Insurance

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.

2. Paid Family Leave

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.

PFL does not provide job protection, only monetary benefits; however, your job may be protected through other federal or state laws such as the FMLA or the CFRA.

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