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I would like to start an LLC in California for a small, online

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I would like to start an LLC in California for a small, online retail business as a part-time venture. I am employed full-time elsewhere and will soon be taking California Pregnancy Disability Leave, followed by California Paid Leave. Is it OK to earn income from my small business while I am on maternity leave from full-time employment? If so, how much is considered substantial gainful work (assuming it is the same as disability, in general)?
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Yes, you can continue to receive income from your small business while you are on maternity leave from full-time employment.

Just like regular state disability benefits (NOT like social security disability). Unlike Social Security, you are not limited to report 'substantial gainful activity' (this is for Federal programs, like SDI and SSI, not state disability).

Instead, like unemployment benefits with the EDD, you have to report the income that you receive from all sources (including your small LLC), assuming you do receive any income from the business while on leave. (For instance, even people who own rental properties, have to report their income from that business for State Disability Insurance or any other EDD program).

Your income outside of your primary employment may reduce your Pregnancy Disability Leave benefits can be reduced, but would not eliminate your PDL or CPL benefits entirely.

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