Withholding requirements

Employees need to fill out Form DE4.

Supplemental rate

Supplemental rates are to withheld at a flat 6.6% unless bonus or stock option. Then, they are withheld at 10.23%.

State Unemployment Insurance (SUI)

Wage base



New employers pay a SUTA Rate of 3.4%. Experienced employers can find their rate online.

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Minimum wage


Termination Pay

If the employee is fired, the employer must pay the employee’s termination pay immediately. If the employee quits, the employer must pay the final payroll within 72 hours, or immediately if the employee gives 72 hours notice.

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Employers must pay hourly employees one and one-half times their regular hourly rate for every hour worked over 40 in a week; for every hour worked over eight in a single workday; for the first eight hours worked on the seventh consecutive workday of a workweek; and double the regular rate for each hour over 12 in a workday, and, in most industries, for every hour over the seventh consecutive workday.

California Minimum Wage Exceptions

New Hire Filing

Reporting deadline

Employers must report hiring, rehiring, and employees returning to work within 20 days

Reporting by mail

Employment Development Department
P.O. Box 997016, MIC 96
Sacramento, CA 95799-7016

New hire reporting form

Form W-4

Child Support

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P.O. Box 989067
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9067


New employer registration

Local taxes


Reciprocal states


Disability insurance

SDI withholding rate is 0.9%. The rate includes Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL).
The SDI taxable wage limit is $153,164 per employee, per year. The DI/PFL maximum weekly benefit amount is $1,620.

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