Beginning on July 1, California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program will be expanded to provide benefits to workers who take time off of work to care for a seriously ill parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild or sibling. This change was prompted by the passage of Senate Bill 770, which was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 24, 2013. California State Disability Insurance (SDI) is a partial wage-replacement insurance plan for California workers. The SDI program is state-mandated and funded through employee payroll deductions. SDI provides affordable, short-term benefits to eligible workers. Workers covered by SDI are covered by two benefits: Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL). Currently, PFL is only available to workers who take time off of work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, spouse or registered domestic partner, or to bond with a minor child. Eligible individuals can receive up to 6 weeks of PFL within a 12-month period. For more information on the PFL program, go to As a reminder, physicians are can now certify claims for PFL and disability insurance online via the state’s new electronic claim filing system, State Disability Insurance (SDI) Online. The system allows physicians, claimants and voluntary plan administrators to submit claims and other supporting documents online. For more information on SDI Online, go to

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