The California disability insurance program offered by California state is for the economic security of the eligible workers residing there. It provides economic sustainability to workers through a designed guideline list.
This program comprises of two separate partial waged replacement benefits. Disability insurance and paid family leave.
- Disability insurance. (DI)
This part of the program provides benefit to a worker who stumbled to an injury, pregnancy, and nonwork-related illness. However,work-related disease won’t be covered in the DI program. In exceptional cases, if the worker faces temporary or permanent work-related illness, DI can be entitled to the difference in rates keeping law and order of a state in mind.
- Paid family leave (PFL)
PFL benefits are given to those workers who have to take time off work to take care of the seriously ill child, parent, grandparent, spouse or any registered family member. Please refer to the paid family leave fact sheet, DE 8714CG for more information.
The history of DI stretches back to 1946 and California state was an individual pioneer for providing these type of programs to its workers and self-employed people. California was the first state to provide DI to agricultural workers. It was the first state to offer PFL to people with new baby childbirth in their family.
Almost around 18 million population of California is benefited with this program. However, there are always exceptions like some employees of non-profit companies and domestic workers who cannot take benefit of it.
There are two plans included in this program – the state and voluntary plan. The state plan is compulsory for every employee taking this plan until his/her employer chooses the plan. The finance of the state plan comes through the salary of the workers in the form of taxes. This whole program is governed by the Employment Development Department (EDD). Benefits are payable to an employee if he or she has faced wage loss or any medical emergency in his/her house. These benefits are only for 52 weeks after applying for the program.
An individual has to provide with related documents and medical papers if required for claiming the benefit. Also, file the certificate of disability duly signed by the registered medical practitioner.
This benefiting program chartered by the state of California is beneficial to the residents.