According to the Orange County Disability Insurance Attorney, Tawny Mazarei, California State Disability Insurance (CASDI or SDI) is a statutory (state-audited and state-regulated) state disability program of California, and it is mainly for short-term disability income replacement. CASDI has been in effect since 1946. The contributions to the State Fund usually by SDI tax paid by employees and some of the employees are what added up to be the costs of the program. The contributions by the employees are deducted from the state fund as state taxes.
Once a doctor certifies that it is not possible for you to do your job, then you are disabled, according to California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). Some of what counts as disability include pregnancy (four weeks before and after childbirth and six weeks after for a C-section) and elective and cosmetic surgeries.
If you are an employer with about five or more employees working for you, you are entitled to provide reasonable accommodations for your employees that have disabilities. This becomes compulsory for you once you know that any of your employees have a disability; either you are told directly by the employee or one of your employees, or you observe the disability from any of your employees.
Now that you know, you need to engage in an informal discussion or you enter the “interactive process” stage with the employee to understand the type of accommodation he/she needs. This accommodation must allow the employee to perform the tasks he was hired for in your company. Also, the employer must ask for medical documentation from the employee for full details about the disability. Once the employer knows all these, he/she must take the privacy of the employee serious by not leaking out his/her secrets.
Whether the employer can provide a reasonable accommodation or not, it is likely to create an unwarranted hardship on the employer, and it requires an individualized analysis. This analysis is dependent on factors like the disability of the employer, the cost of the accommodation, and the ability of the employer to pay for it. The only way you can do this perfectly is with the help of an Orange County Disability Insurance Attorney.