seal_calCalifornia legislators were busy this session, and changes to leave laws were no exception.  Several leave-related bills were presented to the Governor, including changes to California’s statutory disability insurance law (SDI or VDI), California Family Rights Act (CFRA), Kin Care law, and the Family Partnership Leave law. The first of these bills to be signed is California Assembly Bill 667, amending the statutory disability insurance law.

Prior to the change, if an individual received two consecutive periods of disability benefits for the same or a related condition, and those periods were separated by a return to work of no more than 14 days, they would be considered one disability benefit period. The amendment extends the 14 days to 60 days.  The amendment also waives the seven-day waiting period for individuals who have satisfied the waiting period for the initial claim and a subsequent claim for the same or related condition is filed within 60 days.

What Employers Need to Do…
California employers who offer a voluntary disability plan to their employees must update their plan language by the effective date of the law; July 1, 2016.

What Reed Group is Doing…
We are busy training our staff and updating our California voluntary disability insurance plan information to ensure compliance with the new changes.

More questions? Reed Group provides up to the minute information on new and pending leave legislation through our online compliance tool, LeaveAdvisor. For more information, and access to a free trial, please click here to visit our website, or call 1-800-347-7443.