Industrial Disability Leave

The Industrial Disability Leave (IDL) Program is a wage continuation program, in lieu of Workers' Compensation Temporary Disability (TD) benefits for CSU employees who have suffered a work related injury or illness. This is a benefit paid for and administered by The California State University. Employees deemed eligible for this benefit also must be members of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).

The IDL benefit will be equivalent to the full amount of the injured employee's salary for the first 22 days of the work related injury or illness (a three day waiting period may apply). Thereafter, IDL benefits will be equivalent to two-thirds of the employee's salary, payable for the next eleven months of disability.

IDL payments are based on the actual number of workdays the disabled employee is absent. An eligible employee may receive IDL payments for a period not to exceed 52 weeks within two (2) years from the first day of disability. The 52-week eligibility period is equivalent to 365 calendar days.


A CSU employee who suffers a disability arising out of or in the course of CSU employment may receive IDL benefits if all of the following conditions have been met:

  1. Is an active CalPERS or STRS member, and

  2. Has a disability which has been verified and accepted by the CSU's third party administrator (TPA) for workers' compensation insurance as industrially caused, and

  3. Has chosen to receive IDL benefits in lieu of Workers' Compensation Temporary Disability benefits, or has failed to make a choice within fifteen (15) days from the  date of the notice of benefit eligibility, and

  4. Has been unable to work as a result of injury or illness since:

      • the third calendar day of disability following the day of injury or illness, or      
      • the first day the injured employee leaves work as a result of an injury resulting from a criminal act of violence against the employee, or
      • the first day of hospitalization, or
      • the day following the injury if the employee is absent from work for more than 14 calendar days because of the injury.

Eligibility is contingent upon appropriate medical determination and the agreement of the employee to cooperate and participate in a reasonable vocational rehabilitation plan when furnished by The California State University. An employee shall become entitled, regardless of his/her period of service, to receive IDL payments in lieu of Workers' Compensation Temporary Disability (TD) payments with/without supplementation of appropriate leave credits.

For more information, please contact Karyn Cote, Workers’ Compensation & Leave of Absence Specialist at (818) 677- 3351.