Disability/Paid Family Leave Benefits for COVID-19

  • Benefits Available to Those Sick and Cannot Work

    • Individuals are able to file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim, providing short-term benefit payments eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness.

    • The Governor's Executive Order will waive the one-week unpaid waiting period to collect DI benefits for the first week out of work.

      • What forms are needed:

        • Requirement can be met by a medical certification signed by treating a physician or a practitioner that includes a diagnosis and ICD-10 code, or a statement of symptoms, start date of condition, probable duration; and treating physician's or practitioner's license number or facility information. Can also be met by a written order from a state or local health officer specific to you.

        • Fastest processing occurs online, and submit supporting medical documentation immediately after.

    • How much can be earned:

      • Approximately 60-70 percent of wages, depending on income, ranging from $50-$1,3000 a week. EDD has a Disability Insurance Calculator. Payments are paid through the date of a doctor's certification or when available benefits are exhausted, whichever comes first within a 52-week period.

      • The Governor's Executive Order waives the one week waiting period.

  • Individuals who are quarantined, as certified by a medical professional or a state or local health officer, can qualify for disability insurance.

  • Benefits Available to Self-employed or Otherwise Not Covered by State Disability Insurance (SDI) Program

    • Individuals can be eligible for benefits if they pay into Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC). DIEC is an option for self-employed individuals, like independent contractors, and employers to apply for coverage under SDI. More info here.

  • Benefits Available for Individuals Caring for A Sick Family Member Who Miss Work

    • Individuals can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) Claim

      • Provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member

      • Necessary documentation:

        • Medical documentation regarding family member in care who is either ill or quarantined due to COVID-19.

        • This requirement can be met by a medical certification for that person from a treating physician or a practitioner that includes a diagnosis and ICD-10 code, or a statement of symptoms; the start date of the condition; its probable duration; and the treating physician's or practitioner's license number or facility information.

        • This requirement can also be met by a written order from a state or local health officer that is specific to your family member's situation. Absent those documents from a physician or health officer, individuals may be eligible for an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim instead. 

        • Individuals may also request EDD to send a  Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F) (PDF) form, which can be ordered online.

        • If medical documentation is provided in any other form other than the EDD's designated claim form, it should be submitted separately by mail to:

Employment Development Department
PO Box 45011
Fresno, CA 93718-5011

  • Individuals can receive approximately 60-70 percent of wages, depending on income, ranging from $50-$1,3000 a week. EDD has a Paid Family Leave Calculator.

South Bay Workforce Investment Board
11539 Hawthorne Blvd., 5th Floor Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 970-7700
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