Employment Development Department (EDD)
The Employment Development Department (EDD) is one of the largest state departments with employees at hundreds of service locations throughout the state. For more than 70 years, we have connected millions of job seekers and employers in an effort to build the economy of the Golden State.
General Information: 800-300-5616
Hearing Impaired: 800-815-9387
File for Disability
The California State Disability Insurance (SDI) program provides short-term Disability Insurance (DI) benefits to eligible workers who need time off work. You may be eligible for DI if you are unable to work due to non-work-related illness or injury.
General Information: 800-480-3287
File for Paid Family Leave
California State provides Paid Family Leave (PFL) wage replacement benefits to eligible workers who need time off work. You may be eligible for DI if you are unable to work due to pregnancy or childbirth.
General Information: 877-238-4373
Frequently Asked Questions
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A Standard Base Period includes wages from a 12-month period of time consisting of the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters.
| If your claim begins in:
|| Your Standard Base Period is the prior 12 months,
ending the last day of:
The effective date of your UI claim is based on the date you file your claim online or the date you first contact the Employment Development Department (EDD). The effective date determines your base period, and as a result, your benefit amount. A base period is a 12-month period of earnings, divided into quarters. The base period is used to establish a claim and calculate an award. You may wish to review your wages during each quarter of the base period to determine the best time to file. You will not receive any benefits until you actually submit an application or call EDD to file a claim.
To establish a valid claim, you must have earned at least (1) $1300 in one quarter of your base period, or (2) at least $900 in your highest quarter and total base period earnings of 1.25 times your high quarter earnings.