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My wifes employer says she must file for California Disability

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My wife's employer says she must file for California Disability while on her pregnancy leave and they will apply her saved 'sick days' and pay only the difference between what state disability pays out, and her actual pay.

My question is, can they still deduct a full sick day (8 hours) even if there only paying out about 2 hours worth per day?

Her employee handbook says sick time may be used in 1/2 hour increments. Her company only has about 10 employees.
Good morning,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Unfortunately, EDD does allow the employer to deduct a full day of sick pay for each day that an employee is out on disability, despite the fact that the employer is only paying a portion of the daily wage and the state is making up the difference.

The state of California not only allows such "intigration" of sick leave with CA SDI, but it is also allowed with the use of FMLA leave.

If your wife is out for the whole day on disability, the employer deducts the whole day of sick leave. They ate not required to deduct only a pro rata amount of leave based on their share of the payment. I'm sorry.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I will add a bonus if you could also please answer: The HR lady told her she can only use about 60% of accrued sick time toward pregnancy leave. Even though it does not say that anywhere in her employee handbook.


Is this true? and Thanks!

Good morning,

I'm not sure that there isn't a misunderstanding in the communication.

Now, CA SDI pays only about 60% of normal wages, and when an employer integrates sick leave with SDI, the employer pays the remainder of the wage which is unpaid by SDI, so that the employee gets full wages so long as the SDI and available sick leave is integrated.

If the employer were simply to pay the employee full pay for the sick days, then under state law SDI would not pay any benefits for those days---then employee may never collect more than full wages between sick time and SDI.

I have never seen a CA employment law limiting what benefits that an employer may give their employee---at least in terms of limiting the allowable sick leave integration to 60%. My understanding is that the employer is free to integrate 100% of the accrued sick leave when an employee goes out on disability.

I can't explain why such a policy would not be in the employee handbook, and yet be claimed by HR.

You may reply back to me again, using the Reply to Expert link, if you have additional questions.

I wish you the best in your future,

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