Paid Family Leave and SDI Benefits

Beginning January 1, 2018, the Paid Family Leave (PFL) and State Disability Insurance (SDI) benefits will change. The bill, AB 908, increases the amount of PFL or SDI benefits an employee can receive to either 60 percent or 70 percent of their earnings, depending on the employee's income. Employees who are eligible for leave under the New Parent Leave Act are able to apply for PFL wage replacement benefits starting next year.

Currently, there is a 7-day waiting period for each disability benefit period. However, beginning January 1, 2018, the AB 908 bill would remove the 7-day waiting period for PFL benefits.

What remains the same?

  • The 7-day waiting period for SDI would still remain.

  • There will still be a maximum weekly benefit on the amount received.