State Disability Insurance (SDI) is a partial wage-replacement insurance plan for workers. The SDI program is state-mandated and funded through employee payroll deductions. Workers covered by SDI have two benefits available to them: Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL).
To request general program information or data about State Disability Insurance, complete the State Disability Insurance Request for Information Form and return it to the Employment Development Department using the appropriate email address listed on the form.
State Disability Insurance (“SDI”) is a state program administered by the Employment Development Department (“EDD”). SDI provides partial wage replacement when workers are unable to perform their regular or customary work due to physical and mental injuries, illnesses, and other health conditions.
Almost all workers in are covered by the program, and may receive benefits if they meet the eligibility requirements. However, workers in certain jobs cannot get SDI, such as certain domestic workers, independent contractors, election campaign workers, and student workers working for their school. A few employers are permitted to opt out of SDI and to offer comparable benefits through a private plan. If you are unsure if your employer participates in the SDI program, ask your HR department or manager for information.