What is CASDI?
The short-term disability insurance program in California is called CASDI and is funded through state income taxes withheld from employees’ paychecks.
The California short-term disability program provides tax-free benefits to employees who are temporarily unable to work due to a non-work-related illness or injury. Benefits are available for up to one year.
Who Is Eligible for CASDI?
Workers must meet all of the following requirements to receive CASDI benefits:
- Unable to do their regular work for at least eight consecutive days
- Employed or actively looking for employment when they became disabled
- Lost wages because of their disability
- Earned at least $300 from which CASDI deductions were withheld in the past 12 months
- Being cared for or treated by a licensed doctor or accredited religious practitioner during the first eight days of their disability
- Completed and mailed a claim for CASDI within 49 days of becoming disabled
- Have a physician or practitioner complete medical certification of disability