PeopleSoft Access Restored

Access to the PeopleSoft system is now restored for all users.

Thank you for your patience.

Abiding by our COVID-19 workplace safety measures

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in King County and Washington state, we are in a more dangerous time now than we were last spring. We have reached a new peak in case counts – the positivity rate is too high, and hospitalizations are up. The Governor has issued new restrictions to help bring the numbers down. The actions we take now as individuals and families will make the difference. 

We can all play our part in slowing the spread of the virus by following King County’s COVID-19 workplace safety measures:

  • Do not report to work if you are ill. Staff who display symptoms should go home. The employee must not return to the workplace for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms and at least 24 hours with no fever without taking fever-reducing medication, and symptoms have improved.
  • Always wear a mask when there is even a small chance of being within six feet of others. Employees are encouraged to wear a mask at all times indoors and when leaving home and entering public spaces, such as a store, taxi, or communal gathering space. 
  • Stay six feet away from others, even when masked, whenever possible.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home as much as possible and follow Governor Inslee’s extended Stay Home-Stay Healthy orders.

Our fight against COVID-19 has been long and exhausting, but we cannot let our guard down now. All eyes are on us as County employees, and we must continue to model exemplary public health behavior. ​​​​​​​Thank you for your efforts to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Donated emergency leave helps hundreds of employees affected by COVID-19

Employees across King County responded to the call to support one another during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating leave. As of November 13, nearly 285 King County employees donated sick and vacation leave valued at $774,687. Their generous donations have benefited more than 300 employees in need who’ve been granted 23,162 hours of emergency leave so far this year. 

Some employees have been impacted by COVID-19 more than others and exhausted their paid leave. Access to donated leave has helped them focus on recovering their health or caring for loved ones.  

“COVID-19 has been challenging for our community and our employees,” Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer for King County said. “I’m inspired to see so many generous individuals donate leave to their coworkers who’ve been impacted by these terrible events.” 

The Emergency Leave Donation program was launched in early April in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. It is one of a number of new County programs that is helping employees navigate these difficult times. 

The COVID-19 pandemic may extend for months. Employees interested in supporting their colleagues who have been affected by COVID-19 can help by donating accrued sick and vacation leave to the Emergency Leave Donation Fund. 

“This virus will be with us for some time to come. It’s important that we not only take care of ourselves but also each other,” Abrams said. 

Every donation matters and will help a King County employee in need. This is an especially good option for employees who find themselves in a use-it-or-lose-it situation with an excess vacation balance at the end of the year. 

How to donate leave 

Employees with eligible sick or vacation leave may donate their accrued leave in PeopleSoft. Learn how by viewing this PeopleSoft Emergency Leave Donation guide (SharePoint), or viewing this short video from the King County Business Resource Center to help with PeopleSoft entries. 

Alternatively, employees can fill out and submit the Emergency Leave Donation Form. Donors are limited to donations of 80 hours of sick leave and 80 hours of vacation leave (or BTO leave) to the Emergency Leave Donation Fund in a calendar year, unless the donor’s department director approves a greater amount. 

How to request donations 

Employees who need leave due to a COVID-19 related absence can request paid leave using the Emergency Leave Request Form

This program is available to all employees except Superior Court and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, which manage their own programs. 

For more information, visit the Emergency Leave Donation website. 

Some employees unable to access PeopleSoft

Some employees are experiencing difficulties accessing the PeopleSoft system.

We are working with our support partners to restore service and will send an update when the system is available again for all users. Thank you for your patience.

Old-school drop boxes make a comeback in COVID-19 era

Drop boxes are a low-tech solution that fell out of favor in the internet age. But the Facilities Management Division (FMD) resurrected these relics from the past to serve customers safely while King County buildings remain closed due to COVID-19. In spring 2020, FMD installed nine new drop boxes in collaboration with Treasury, Records and Licensing, Assessments, and Metro. The boxes typically average 100-150 parcels per week, and that number skyrockets up to 350 parcels a week during tax season.  

“Yes, people still conduct transactions via the internet; however, there were no means for people who do not have access to computers to conduct business with the county,” Chris Stenger, FMD building Operations Manager said. “[Drop boxes] keep employees working and provide a means to keep the revenue flow going.”

The Department of Assessments is one agency that has adopted drop boxes to help its customers do business with the County. Before the pandemic, dozens of daily visitors submitted critical documents at the department’s customer service counter. When the world changed in early March, the Assessor’s office reacted quickly to the new reality.

“It was immediately clear to us that we needed to find ways to protect our staff, while still serving the public,” John Wilson, Assessor said.  “The use of a document drop box has been one of our most valuable customer service tools.” 

Customers can use the drop box to submit applications for a property tax exemption and a wide variety of other documents such as building plans. Department staff check the box every day.

“There was no pandemic playbook for us to consult, so we had to innovate on the fly,” Wilson said.  “The world didn’t completely stop due to COVID; much of our business needed to continue. I am proud of the steps our team took, and the document drop box has been a huge success.”

Most agency-specific boxes are checked daily by department staff and by FMD to ensure all parcels are delivered quickly. Drop boxes are located at:

 “Overall, this re-introduction of drop boxes is a great story on how no matter how many modern conveniences we have; there may be a time when we as a society may need to rely on a simple practice from the past to get us through hard times,” Stenger from FMD said. 

Pet of the Week: Maxwell

Hi! My name is Maxwell and I am available for adoption. I was brought in by my previous owner on March 3, 2020 because they were moving. I lived in a home with another other cat. My previous owner described me as shy, but loving. I was nominated as the Pet of the Week on 10/19/2020. This means that my adoption fee has been waived. However, please note that a pet license is a requirement and therefore a fee may be applied. This helps my safe return home should I become lost, and comes with additional benefits such as Vacation Pet Alert, Free Ride Home and more (visit our pet licensing page for more info)! 

My personality color is RED. I am a spirited cat with a fun-loving personality! I may be sensitive to handling, so I would do best in a home with a cat savvy family who knows when to give me some space. I am an adventure kitty who would love to go on walks with a harness outside to get enrichment! 

Read more and view all available pets at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet. Have you or someone you know adopted a pet from RASKC? Let us know. We’d love to tell your story. 

Read more and view all available pets at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet. Have you or someone you know adopted a pet from RASKC? Let us know. We’d love to tell your story. 

Training Spotlight: Communication and Problem Solving Skills

Join instructor Lenny Borer for this two-day  online training. He will address communication and problem-solving skills with the public and with co-workers. This two-day class covers skills for effective listening, speaking, dealing with conflicts, and dealing with defensive behavior. This training is $65 and space is limited. It takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 8 and 9, both days from 1-4:30 p.m. Register here

Please visit our King County Eventbrite page website for more opportunities. Winter Seattle College courses have been posted. For more information, contact the Learning and Development Team at KCTraining@kingcounty.gov or visit Learning and Development at www.kingcounty.gov/learning

Public records during COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed so much about the way we work, but one thing that hasn’t changed is that we are stewards of the public’s records. As such, we must maintain both good records management practices and provide timely responses to requests for public records, whether those come from the public directly, or through a public records officer (PRO) or coordinator. The PROs coordinating public records requests are working to collect responsive records as efficiently as possible while trying to minimize disruptions to the important work that is being done under uncommon conditions.  

One such condition is that many County employees are telecommuting, and in some cases using their own personal equipment to perform their job duties. It’s important to remember that every record you create, receive, or use to conduct County business is subject to the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56), which ensures transparency in government through broad disclosure of public records. The definition of a record is all encompassing, including but not limited to, text messages, emails, photos, notes, files, word documents, etc.  Records subject to disclosure include those created in the conduct of County business within the scope of your employment, whether created on personal devices (e.g., phones, tablets, computers, etc.) and/or in personal accounts (e.g., email, social media, etc.).   

Wherever possible, you are encouraged to create and retain records within the County’s systems (as accessed through Office 365 or VPN) and not locally on personal devices or through personal accounts. Please reach out to your department’s PRO immediately if you receive a public records request, and please be as responsive as possible to your PROs if they reach out to you for records.   

Executive Constantine names April Putney as new Chief of Staff

As Executive Constantine’s new Chief of Staff, April Putney will be responsible for administration of the Executive’s staff as well as directing external and internal policy coordination and strategic initiatives. Putney previously served as the Director of Government and External Relations, overseeing local, regional, state, and federal relations. 

Putney replaces Rachel Smith, who was named President and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce today. Smith, who also serves as Deputy County Executive, will retain that position until she leaves the Executive’s Office at the end of the year. 

“April brings a wealth of experience in government at every level, and has a strong reputation among key constituencies, including those representing working families,” said Executive Constantine. 

Read more in the official press release

Wishing our employees, their families, and the community a Happy Thanksgiving

It has been a challenging year, and during this national time of thanksgiving, we would like to take the time to say Thank You to our employees, for their dedication to making King County a beautiful, welcoming, and civic minded region.

Thank you for the work you do every day. Thank you to your families and loved ones for supporting you to do it. And thank you to our community, and our region, for allowing King County to serve you.

We wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.