Keeping employees paid as we respond to COVID-19

King County Executive Dow Constantine

Dear fellow King County employee,

In this time of anxiety and disruption, the last thing I want is for our employees to have any additional stress while they work to stop the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.

To that end, all Executive Branch employees will remain in paid status and continue to receive their normal pay at least through Friday, April 24, with the exception of short-term temporary employees and interns. Whether you are teleworking, on the front lines, performing other duties, or on one of our types of leave – you WILL be paid normally. I will reassess this guidance in late April. (Note: this guidance applies to Executive Branch employees. Employees in separately elected agencies will receive guidance from their leaders).

Employees may be required to stay home for multiple reasons – health, family, and operational – during this outbreak. Please follow these guidelines when accessing leave:

  • Employees who are sick must stay home and use their sick leave, donated leave, Executive Leave, and/or vacation leave.
  • Employees who stay home to self-quarantine or take care of children or other family members shall use sick leave, donated leave, Executive Leave, and/or vacation leave.
  • If any employee is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms at work, they will be sent home and will receive temporary paid COVID-19 leave.
  • If there is insufficient work for an employee, and they are unable to telecommute, they will receive temporary paid COVID-19 leave.
  • If an employee’s work can no longer be performed at their regular work location for operational reasons (such as building closures) and they are unable to telecommute, they will receive temporary paid COVID-19 leave.

If you have additional questions, please talk to your supervisor or department’s Human Resources Manager.

Our front line employees – including bus operators, corrections officers, and medical professionals – are doing extraordinary work in challenging circumstances. Our telecommuting workforce is continuing to meet the needs of our customers through innovation, creativity, and flexibility. I thank you all for everything you are doing to serve our community and keep one another safe as we fight this virus.

I have never been more proud of our King County workforce than I am right now. We are in this together (many of us virtually, of course). Your dedication, hard work, and compassion for our community is commendable, and I am so very thankful you are part of our team.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Dow Constantine
King County Executive