Disability Insurance Information

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California State Disability Insurance (SDI) provides short-term Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) wage replacement benefits to eligible workers who need time off work. You may be eligible for DI if you are unable to work due to non-work-related illness or injury, pregnancy, or childbirth. You may be eligible for PFL to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child.



  • You must be covered by SDI. Employees in Bargaining Units 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 12, 13, 19, 22, 25, 30, 31, 36, 37, 39, 42, 43, as well as Unrepresented employees and Management employees (excluding Department Heads and Elected Officials) are currently covered by SDI.
  • DI benefits: you must have an illness or injury, either physical or mental, which prevents you from performing your regular and customary work. Disability also includes elective surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, or other related medical conditions.
  • PFL benefits: your request must be to take time off from work to care for a seriously ill family member (child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner) or to bond with a new child entering the family through birth, adoption, or foster care placement.



Disability Insurance

Paid Family Leave

Benefit Period

 Payable up to 52 weeks.

 Payable up to 8 weeks within a   12-month period.

Waiting Period

 7 days (annual leave hours must be   used during this time). Subsequent   claims filed within the same 12-   month period may be subject to a   new waiting period.


Weekly Benefit Amount

 Approximately 60-70% (depending on income) of wages earned 5-18   months prior to the claim start date. This applies to DI and PFL   benefits.





Unrepresented Management employees are covered by a County-paid long-term disability insurance policy through MetLife Insurance Company. Click here to view a copy of the MetLife certificate.

Employees in bargaining units 1, 10, 14, 35, and 38, have access to short-term and long-term disability coverage through their bargaining units. Employees in bargaining units 3, 4, 12, 22, 36, and 37 have access to long-term disability coverage, in addition to SDI benefits, through their bargaining units. Employees with questions regarding those policies are encouraged to contact their bargaining unit.

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