I’ve gotten a lot of questions regarding State Disability Insurance and how it applies to this recent Coronavirus scare and outbreak. Ultimately, SDI or State Disability Insurance is paid out through the Employment Development Department (EDD). Essentially, every time you work, if you check your pay stubs, there’s a little bit of money that’s taken out for SDI that goes into your account.
If a doctor is certifying that you’re totally temporarily disabled and can’t work, or that there are temporary work restrictions where your employer can’t accommodate, then ultimately you’re entitled to, in my opinion, State Disability Benefits through the Employment Development Department. This is 2/3 (about 66%) of your salary, while you’re aren’t working so long as a doctor is certifying that you’re totally temporarily disabled and can’t work or there are temporary work restrictions the employers are failing to accommodate. You can get this benefit for up to a year, so long as the doctor is certifying throughout this time and there’s sufficient money in your account. Ultimately, you have to work, within generally the prior year, in order to have money in that account. Keep in mind that the Employment Development Department is a separate department. It’s separate and distinct from Workers’ Compensation or general, civil employment litigation.