Workers’ Compensation: Temporary Disability Benefits

There are two categories of temporary disability benefits: temporary total disability (TTD) and temporary partial disability (TPD, also known as “wage-loss TD”). Both are payments to compensate for lost wages while you are recovering from your injury or illness.

  • TTD payments are made if you cannot work at all during your recovery.
  • ƒTPD payments are made if you can return to your work, but only for limited hours or limited duties at a lower wage. You may also be eligible if your doctor restricts the type of work you can do, and your employer does not provide full-time work (she only has part-time work) that fits into your restrictions.

NOTE: You do not pay income taxes on temporary disability benefits.

For further information about your employment rights, contact the Workers’ Rights Clinic.


This Fact Sheet is intended to provide accurate, general information regarding legal rights relating to employment in California. Yet because laws and legal procedures are subject to frequent change and differing interpretations, the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center cannot ensure the information in this Fact Sheet is current nor be responsible for any use to which it is put. Do not rely on this information without consulting an attorney or the appropriate agency about your rights in your particular situation.