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Short Term Disability- Total Compensation and Paid Absences Policy


University of the Pacific staff members are required to participate in California's State Disability Insurance (SDI).


This policy applies to University of the Pacific employees.

ContactResponsible Items
Office of Human ResourcesAdministration of the short term disability benefits policy.





Policy Statement

The University of the Pacific staff members must participate in California's State Disability Insurance (SDI). 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. Workers covered by SDI have two benefits available to them: Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL). SDI benefits pay 60% of earnings up to the defined weekly benefit.

Disability Insurance (DI) is a component of the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program, established in 1946, to provide partial wage replacement benefits to eligible California workers who are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy.

  • Paid Family Leave provides benefits to individuals who need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner. Benefits are also available to new parents who need time to bond with a new child entering their life either by birth, adoption, or foster care placement. Lastly, benefits may be used if a staff member has a qualifying event due to a family member's (spouse, registered domestic partner, parent, or child) military deployment to a foreign country.

Paid Family Leave Insurance (PFL) provides income for up to eight (8) weeks within any twelve (12) month period.

To receive benefits, you must:

  • File a claim for benefits using SDI Online or a paper claim form.
  • Serve a seven-day, non-payable waiting period (DI only).
  • Have at least $300 in wages that were subject to SDI contributions during your 12-month base period.
  • Have your physician/practitioner certify to your disability by completing the "Physician/Practitioner Certification" or
  • Provide proof of relationship for bonding claims (birth certificate or record, adoption paperwork, etc.) or
  • Have the care recipient's physician/practitioner certify to the need for care by completing the "Physician/Practitioner's Certification" for care claims.

All staff members are automatically enrolled in California's State Disability Insurance Plan. Staff members may be eligible for continuation of pay through the various types of leave and can choose to use his or her accrued sick and/or vacation time to supplement SDI benefits.

Staff members applying for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or California Family Rights Act (CFRA) or Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Leave are required to apply for SDI or PFL benefits upon commencement of continuous leave, if applicable.  Unless a staff member qualifies for leave under the FMLA/CFRA or Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Leave Policy, he or she will have no right to continued employment and/or reinstatement.



Contact Information​

SubjectDepartment Phone/Email/WebpagePhone/Email/Webpage
SDI, InformationOffice of Human Resources (209)


Related Information



University Links

FMLA & Other Leave Information  



Related Links

EDD Disability Insurance  

EDD Disability Insurance Benefit Payment Amounts

EDD SDI Online Claim  


About This Policy
Last Updated
Original Issue Date

Responsible Department
Human Resources