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AB-3145 Disability insurance: state employees.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 08/29/2018 09:00 PM

Enrolled  August 29, 2018
Passed  IN  Senate  August 21, 2018
Passed  IN  Assembly  August 27, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  June 18, 2018
Amended  IN AB 3145, Salas. Disability insurance: state employees.
Existing law, otherwise known as the State Disability Insurance Program, provides a partial wage replacement insurance plan for workers that is funded through employee payroll deductions. Under that program, a disabled individual is eligible to receive disability benefits equal to 1/7 of his or her weekly benefit amount for each full day during which he or she is unemployed due to a disability if the Director of Employment Development makes specified findings, including that the individual has been unemployed and disabled for a waiting period of 7 consecutive days during each disability benefit period. A component of the program, known as Paid Family Leave, provides employees covered by the program with a part of their wages to take time off to care for a seriously ill family member, as specified, or to bond with a minor child, as specified.
Under existing law, when a state employee is disabled, whether temporarily or permanently, the employee is entitled, subject to certain conditions, to receive nonindustrial disability benefits not to exceed a specified amount per week, payable monthly for a period not exceeding 26 weeks for any one disability benefit period, unless a memorandum of understanding conflicts with this requirement.
This bill would authorize a state employee who is not subject to a certain memorandum of understanding to elect to participate in the State Disability Insurance Program, as specified, in lieu of receiving nonindustrial disability benefits.
The bill, by authorizing an increase in contributions into, and an increase in the expenditure of money from, the Unemployment Compensation Disability Fund, which is continuously appropriated, would make an appropriation.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 Section 19885.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:

 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, an employee who is not subject to a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Section 3517.5 may elect to participate in the state disability insurance program subject to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 2601), Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 2625), Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 2901), Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 3001), and Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 3300) of Part 2 of the Unemployment Insurance Code in lieu of the receiving nonindustrial disability benefits provided pursuant to this chapter and Chapter 2.4 (commencing with Section 2781) of Part 2 of the Unemployment Insurance Code.
(b) The employee may make the election described in subdivision (a) at the time of hire and during an annual enrollment period determined by the department.
(c) An employee who makes the election shall be responsible for paying the premiums for coverage under the state disability insurance program and shall remain in the program for at least two years from the date of election.