California announces two options for receiving SDI benefit payments
Thursday, April 11, 2019

California announces two options for receiving SDI benefit payments

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

Effective April 1, 2019, employees filing a claim with the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program now have two options on how they can receive benefit payments, by the EDD Debit CardSM or by check sent through the mail. Benefit payments made through the EDD Debit Card are issued within 24 to 48 hours and immediately available to employees.

Employees may opt to receive benefit payments by check by submitting the Fee Disclosure and Other Important Disclosures (DE 5617ID/IF) with their Disability Insurance (DI) or Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. They should allow seven to 10 days for delivery of checks in the mail.

Employees may file for DI and PFL through SDI Online. SDI Online is secure, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Employees submitting a claim via SDI Online can select their preferred payment method and review the EDD Debit Card Fee Disclosure (DE 5617PD) during the electronic application process. An employer also may submit supporting documents through SDI Online.

Because of this new addition to the benefit payment methods, the Claim for Disability Insurance (DI) Benefits (DE 2501), Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F), Paid Family Leave Brochure (DE 2511), and Disability Insurance Provisions (DE 2515) have been changed and are available for ordering. To order the new forms, visit the EDD Forms and Publications page or call 1-800-480-3287 for DI and 1-877-238-4373 for PFL.

For more information about SDI Online and to establish an account, visit To request a webinar presentation, please contact SDI at [email protected] (EDD Communication, 3/27/2019).

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