Normal business operations today

King County operations will open as scheduled today, Wednesday, Jan. 15. If you are scheduled to work today, please plan to report to work at your normal start time or discuss any changes beforehand with your supervisor. Please note that some agencies may send additional instructions directly to their staff.

Be prepared for cold weather, high winds, and possible delays on your commute. As always, have a plan for your commute, dress warmly, and let safety be your guide when making travel decisions.

Metro Transit routes: Metro Transit service is operating on normal routes except in areas of north and east King County, where some routes are modified or on snow routes. Learn if your bus route is affected. Sign up for Metro Transit Alerts.

HR Policies: When an agency remains open, but conditions prevent you from reporting to work on time, notify your supervisor as soon as possible. You may request leave, subject to approval by your supervisor. If you have no leave accrued, your supervisor may approve leave without pay to cover absences. Sick leave may not be used. Please refer to HR Bulletin 2011-0009 County Operations During Emergency Situations and Inclement Weather to learn more. (Sheriff’s Office employees refer to KCSO Inclement Weather Policy; Superior Court and District Court employees please check court policies).

Alternative work arrangements: If adjusting a work schedule, working at an alternative location, teleworking, or taking vacation are options for your job, please discuss beforehand with your supervisor. Employees may be able to take a day of accrued vacation or comp time instead of reporting to their normal work location today. Check with your supervisor for more information.

School districts: Seattle Public Schools are closed today, and other school districts are closed or will start late today, so please check with your local school district and have a plan for your kids. When schools are delayed or closed and King County operations remain open, employees are expected to report to work as usual, or follow applicable personnel policies. Check with your supervisor for more information.

Stay informed: Make sure you’re getting the latest King County information at work and at home in the event of inclement weather:

  • Call the Employee Hotline—206-205-8600 (save it to your phone now!).
  • Check your King County email for information on business operations, delays, and closures. Log on at https://outlook.kingcounty.gov (you made need to click “Advanced” and then “Proceed to outlook.kingcounty.gov”). Some agencies may send additional instructions directly to their staff.
  • Contact your supervisor for instructions.
  • Follow King County on Twitter—@KingCountyWA, @kcmetrobus, @kcroads, and @kcemployees—and LinkedIn.
  • Check your agency website or intranet (if applicable), and monitor local media channels.
  • Visit the Emergency News page at kcemergency.com for regional impacts.

KCInform: Make sure you can be reached in a major emergency. If you haven’t yet registered your personal contact or work cell information in KCInform, please contact kcinform@kingcounty.gov anytime or 206-296-3830 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday to request your unique registration link. Watch this short video to learn more or visit our website.

Superior Court employees: Information will be provided on the Superior Court website, or by calling the following hotlines for recorded updates on the status of work locations:

  • Seattle courthouse/NJB employees: 206-205-6767
  • MRJC courthouse employees: 206-205-6746.
  • Youth Services Center employees: 206-205-6747.

District Court employees: Call the employee information emergency telephone line at 206-296-6820 for recorded information, or check the District Court website for updates on operational status.

See something, say something

Our first priority is your safety and security at work. You can take an active role in your safety. The county has produced a variety of communications to help inform employees about safety tips and related updates:

  • Check out a new short video, below, on how to report emergencies and non-urgent security concerns. Watch for additional videos with safety tips throughout the year.

  • Look for posters in English and Spanish at major worksites, especially those downtown, with information about how to report emergencies and security concerns.
  • New employees will receive a wallet card with phone numbers to report emergencies. Human Resources staff will be receiving cards for distribution to other employees.

How to get help

Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program now providing benefits 

On Jan. 1, 2020, Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program began providing workers with paid time off to welcome a new child to their family, care for a sick loved one, or recover from their own serious medical condition.

Who qualifies?

To be eligible, you must have worked at least 820 hours for a Washington employer during the qualifying period, which generally speaking is the last year. Most King County bargaining units and all non-represented employees are eligible (list of participating unions) if they meet the qualifying conditions.

What can PFML be used for and how long does it last?

This program allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave to:

  1. Welcome a child into your family (through birth, adoption, or foster placement)
  2. Recover from a serious illness or injury
  3. Care for a seriously ill or injured family member
  4. Prepare for a family member’s pre- and post- military deployment, or time for childcare issues related to a family member’s military deployment

If you face multiple events in a year, you may be eligible to receive up to 16 weeks, and up to 18 weeks if you experience a serious health condition during pregnancy that results in incapacity.

How much is the benefit?

While on leave, eligible employees are entitled to partial wage replacement. The weekly PFML amount is calculated and paid by the Employment Security Department. The weekly amount is a percentage of your average weekly wage with a minimum benefit of $100 and a maximum of $1,000 per week.

How does the program work?

This new PFML benefit is administered and paid by the Employment Security Department (State of Washington). PFML is paid for by a statewide insurance pool that is funded by mandatory employer contributions and employee payroll deductions that began Jan. 1, 2019, for most employees.

Where can I get more information or apply?

For more information about PFML and to apply, go to the Employment Security Department’s Paid Family and Medical Leave website or contact them by email or by phone at 833-717-2273. Questions about how PFML interacts with other protected leave can be directed to your agency Human Resources leave administrator.

Be prepared for snow and ice tonight and tomorrow

More snow is forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning with continued icy road conditions, so please be prepared for possible commute delays and impacts to business operations.

A heavy band of snow is expected to begin this evening in the northern half of the City of Seattle northward, and other areas could see accumulations. As always, have a plan for your commute, dress warmly, and let safety be your guide when making travel decisions.

Metro Transit routes: Metro Transit service is operating on snow routes for areas of NE King County. Additional routes may switch to snow routes as conditions change. Learn if your bus route is affected. Sign up for Metro Transit Alerts.

Stay informed: Make sure you’re getting the latest King County information at work and at home in the event of inclement weather:

  • Call the Employee Hotline—206-205-8600 (save it to your phone now!).
  • Check your King County email for information on business operations, delays, and closures. Log on at https://outlook.kingcounty.gov. Some agencies may send additional instructions directly to their staff.
  • Contact your supervisor for instructions.
  • Follow King County on Twitter—@KingCountyWA, @kcmetrobus, @kcroads, and @kcemployees—and LinkedIn.
  • Check your agency website or Intranet (if applicable), and monitor local media channels.
  • Visit the Emergency News page at kcemergency.com for regional impacts.

KCInform: Make sure you can be reached in a major emergency. If you haven’t yet registered your personal contact or work cell information in KCInform, please contact kcinform@kingcounty.gov anytime or 206-296-3830 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday to request your unique registration link. Watch this short video to learn more or visit our website.

HR Policies: When an agency remains open, but conditions prevent you from reporting to work or from reporting on time, notify your supervisor as soon as possible. You may request leave, subject to approval by your supervisor. If you have no leave accrued, your supervisor may approve leave without pay to cover absences. Sick leave may not be used. Refer to HR Bulletin 2011-0009 County Operations During Emergency Situations and Inclement Weather (Sheriff’s Office employees refer to KCSO Inclement Weather Policy; Superior Court and District Court employees please see check court policies). 

Alternative work arrangements: If telecommuting is an option for your job, make sure you submit a Telecommuting Agreement in advance for approval. KCIT has created a telework resources site that answers many questions.

Resources for travelers

Visit the Eye on Your Metro Commute (blog during peak weekday commutes).

Normal business operations today, Jan. 13

King County operations will open as scheduled today, Monday, Jan. 13. If you are scheduled to work today, please plan to report to work at your normal start time or discuss any changes beforehand with your supervisor. Some agencies may send additional instructions directly to their staff.

2019 snowmageddon snow plowBe prepared for cold weather on your commute. As always, have a plan for your commute, dress warmly, and let safety be your guide when making commute decisions. 

HR Policies: When an agency remains open, but conditions prevent you from reporting to work on time, notify your supervisor as soon as possible. You may request leave, subject to approval by your supervisor. If you have no leave accrued, your supervisor may approve leave without pay to cover absences. Sick leave may not be used. Please refer to HR Bulletin 2011-0009 County Operations During Emergency Situations and Inclement Weather to learn more. (Sheriff’s Office employees refer to KCSO Inclement Weather Policy; Superior Court and District Court employees please see check court policies).

Alternative work arrangements: If adjusting a work schedule, working at an alternative location, teleworking, or taking vacation are options for your job, please discuss beforehand with your supervisor. Employees may be able to take a day of accrued vacation or comp time instead of reporting to their normal work location today. Check with your supervisor for more information.

Metro buses: Some routes are on snow routes or may be impacted by the weather, so expect delays, check for travel updates, and use extra caution. For information on impacts to your Metro Transit commute, check Metro’s adverse weather page or sign up for Metro Transit Alerts (text, email, tweets via @kcmetrobus, see RSS feed via desktop or mobile RSS reader

School districts: Some school districts may have delayed start times, so please check with your local school district and have a plan for your kids. When schools are delayed or closed and King County operations remain open, employees are expected to report to work as usual, or follow applicable personnel policies.

Stay informed: Make sure you’re getting the latest King County information at work and at home in the event of inclement weather:

  • Call the Employee Hotline—206-205-8600 (save it to your phone now!).
  • Check your King County email for specific directives and updates. Log on at https://outlook.kingcounty.gov
  • Contact your supervisor for instructions.
  • Follow King County on Twitter—@KingCountyWA, @kcmetrobus, @kcroads, and @kcemployees
  • Check your agency website or Intranet (if applicable), and monitor local media channels.
  • Visit the Emergency News page at kcemergency.com for regional impacts.

KCInform: Make sure you can be reached in a major emergency. If you haven’t yet registered your personal contact or work cell information in KCInform, please contact kcinform@kingcounty.gov anytime or 206-296-3830 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday to request your unique registration link. Watch this short video to learn more or visit our website.

WaterWorks grants funding 69 community projects in 2020 

Crossposted from Clean Water Stories 

King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program is fulfilling its mission to invest in clean water and community partnerships. The King County Council recently passed an ordinance to approve the funding, moving work forward on projects around the region that will include restoring damaged habitat, building green infrastructure and providing youth education and internship opportunities. 

Sixty nine local environmental projects that protect water quality, control pollution and build healthy communities will receive funding through King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program. 

Read more from Clean Water Stories

Resolved to stress less in 2020? Check out a mindfulness class! 

Crossposted from Balanced You 

Would you like to stress less this year? Give one of our popular mindfulness classes a try! Balanced You has partnered with Mindfulness Northwest to offer classes at county worksites, online, and in the community. Classes are available to King County employees free-of-charge, subject to availability. See the January to March 2020 calendar at the link below. 

Mindfulness classes are one more way King County is Investing in YOU. Contact Balanced You with questions at BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-9626. 

Read more from Balanced You

Increase your financial wellness with My Secure Advantage. Sign up before Feb. 14, 2020 to be entered into a raffle! 

Balanced You knows that financial wellness is important to you and your well-being. As such, King County employees are eligible for 90 days of confidential, unbiased money coaching through My Secure Advantage (MSA) every year. You can take the first step with MSA by opening an account and taking the online financial assessment. If you take the assessment before February 14, 2020, MSA will enter you into a drawing to receive a $100 Amazon gift card! Visit the Balanced You blog for more information. 

Be Prepared for Wintry Weather

snowCold, wintry weather is forecast for next week, with the potential snow and ice, so please be prepared for possible delays to your commute and impacts to business operations. As always, have a plan for your commute, dress warmly, and let safety be your guide when making commute decisions.

Stay informed: Make sure you’re getting the latest King County information at work and at home in the event of inclement weather:

  • Call the Employee Hotline—206-205-8600 (save it to your phone now!).
  • Check your King County email for specific directives and updates. Log on at https://outlook.kingcounty.gov
  • Contact your supervisor for instructions.
  • Follow King County on Twitter—@KingCountyWA, @kcmetrobus, @kcroads, and @kcemployees
  • Check your agency website or Intranet (if applicable), and monitor local media channels.
  • Visit the Emergency News page at kcemergency.com for regional impacts.

KCInform: Make sure you can be reached in a major emergency. If you haven’t yet registered your personal contact or work cell information in KCInform, please contact kcinform@kingcounty.gov anytime or 206-296-3830 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday to request your unique registration link. Watch this short video to learn more or visit our website.

HR Policies: When an agency remains open, but conditions prevent you from reporting to work or from reporting on time, notify your supervisor as soon as possible. You may request leave, subject to approval by your supervisor. If you have no leave accrued, your supervisor may approve leave without pay to cover absences. Sick leave may not be used. Refer to HR Bulletin 2011-0009 County Operations During Emergency Situations and Inclement Weather (Sheriff’s Office employees refer to KCSO Inclement Weather Policy; Superior Court and District Court employees please see check court policies).

Alternative work arrangements: If telecommuting is an option for your job, make sure you submit a Telecommuting Agreement in advance for approval. KCIT has created a telework resources site that answers many questions.

Resources for travelers

 

Featured Job: Administrative Specialist II – Chinese Language 

Salary: $22.24 – $28.33 Hourly 

Location: WA 98057-2906, WA 

Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 35 hrs/week 

Department: KCE – King County Elections 

Job Number: 2019RL11109 

Division: Voter Services 

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