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The EDD states the criteria for SDI eligibility as follows:
- You must be unable to do your regular or customary work for at least eight consecutive days.
-You must be employed or actively looking for work at the time you become disabled.
- You must have lost wages because of your disability or, if unemployed, have been actively looking for work.-You must have earned at least $300 from which State Disability Insurance (SDI) deductions were withheld during a previous period.
- You must be under the care and treatment of a licensed doctor or accredited religious practitioner during the first eight days of your disability. (The beginning date of a claim can be adjusted to meet this requirement.) You must remain under care and treatment to continue receiving benefits.
- You must complete and mail a claim form within 49 days of the date you became disabled or you may lose benefits.
- Your doctor must complete the medical certification of your disability. A licensed midwife, nurse-midwife, or nurse practitioner may complete the medical certification for disabilities related to normal pregnancy or childbirth. (If you are under the care of a religious practitioner, request a “Practitioner's Certificate,” DE 2502, from the SDI office. Certification by a religious practitioner is acceptable only if the practitioner has been accredited by Employment Development Department.)http://www.edd.ca.gov/disability/DI_Eligibility.htm
While there is no requirement that you be employed for a specified period of time, you must have earned at least $300 in wages during your "base period."
The base period, put simply, is the four preceding calendar quarters. The more wages you have contributed, the greater your benefits may be. See here for more information about this "base period" requirement: http://www.edd.ca.gov/disability/Base_Period.htm
So to summarize, while there is no requirement that you be employed for a specified length of time, you have to have earned at least $300 to be eligible, plus you have to meet the other requirements set forth above. Assuming an individual meets these requirements, they qualify for benefits.
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