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Changes to California’s Mandatory Workplace Pamphlets on State Benefit Programs

California employers must provide certain government-issued pamphlets or information sheets to new hires, to employees on certain types of leaves of absence, and to workers upon termination of employment.

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) — overseeing unemployment and disability benefits, payroll tax collection, and other workplace matters — has recently updated two mandatory pamphlets.

The “California Paid Family Leave” pamphlet (DE 2511, revised March 2019) outlines government-issued benefits for workers bonding with a new child or caring for a seriously ill family member.

The “Disability Insurance Provisions” pamphlet (DE 2515, revised March 2019) summarizes state-provided disability insurance plans that enable employee to partially replace lost wages due to a non-work-related disability.

Each revised pamphlet contains a new paragraph offering eligible employees the option to receive benefit payments via an EDD debit card or check by mail.

Employers should begin using these new versions right away, available for download from the EDD’s website or purchased from the California Chamber of Commerce or other organizations.

For additional assistance, please contact one of our attorneys Tim Bowles, Cindy Bamforth or Helena Kobrin.

Cindy Bamforth

April 19, 2019