A Quick Note About SDI

I have noted some confusion among employers about what information must be given to employees regarding California State Disability Insurance (SDI) and when it must be provided. Employers are currently responsible for providing information on SDI to their employees through the following publications and on the following occasions: (1) “Notice to Employees: Unemployment Insurance/Disability Insurance Benefits” (form no. DE 1857A), a poster which advises employees of their right to claim Unemployment Insurance, SDI, and Paid Family Leave benefits and must be posted in the workplace; (2) “State Disability Insurance Provisions” (form no. DE 2515), a handout which must be given to new hires and which must also be provided whenever the employee notifies the employer of a need to take time off from work due to a non-industrial medical condition; and (3) “Paid Family Leave insurance program” (form no. DE 2511), another handout which must be given to new hires and again when the employee notifies the employer of a need to take time off from work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child.These publications are provided at no cost and can be ordered from the Employment Development Department through its Forms and Publications page here. Alternatively, English and Spanish versions of the forms can be downloaded from the following links (Vietnamese and Chinese versions are also available):


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