New Emergency Leave Fund now accepting donations

King County is a community of public servants. We care about the people we serve and the people we serve with. The COVID-19 outbreak, and the measures in place to stop its spread, may extend for months. Some employees will be impacted more than others and will exhaust their paid leave while recovering their health or caring for others. If you have been looking for an opportunity to support your fellow employees affected by COVID-19, the Emergency Leave Donation Fund is your chance. We are looking for your donations to help get… Read More

Emergency Deployment Program now available to support COVID-19 efforts

As King County responds to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and works to slow its spread, there is an urgent need to fill emergency related roles within the county. This is a rapidly evolving event in which staffing needs and work demands are continuously changing. As we strive to keep our workforce, workplace, and community safe, we are providing employees, who have capacity, with opportunities for temporary work redeployment to assist in our COVID-19 response. Employee safety and well-being is a priority, and employees will be provided training and support to help them… Read More

Reminder of guidance for employees during COVID-19

Yesterday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced an extension of his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” emergency order through May 4, extending the ban on all gatherings and temporarily shuttering non-essential businesses. King County’s guidance remains the same for employees: First Responders and Mission-Critical Employees are classified as “critical government workers” for the purposes of the Governor’s Order, and accordingly are expected to continue to report to work in person or telework per existing arrangements. Departments can change employee designations as needed, and must inform employees accordingly. Under King County’s Temporary Leave and Telecommuting Policy, First Responders… Read More

Free virtual training for employees: Parenting through a pandemic, April 7 

 Join Making Life Easier for a free webinar, “Parenting through a pandemic: Talking with your children about COVID-19 and maintaining sanity during a time of Ccaos,” on how to talk to your kids with developmentally appropriate language about COVID-19, and how to manage your home as you all hold the uncertainty, the cabin fever, and the new normal in your home for the coming weeks and months.  This webinar will be held Tuesday, April 7, from noon to 1 p.m. Register here. This webinar will include:   Tips and guideposts for navigating your kids’ questions and concerns about COVID-19, with special attention to their developmental stage … Read More

Helping people and pets… together 

Crossposted from Tails from RASKC  COVID-19 UPDATE: Pet adoptions temporarily suspended  Following Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation, all adoptions at our Kent Adoption Center are temporarily suspended. Essential services will continue, as shown below. For more information about the COVID-19 outbreak, visit  Our number one priority at RASKC continues to be focused on delivering our mission of “Helping People and Pets.” We are honored to be of continued service to our communities, both in person when needed as well as online. You can access many of our services from the comfort of… Read More

Tips for K-12 spring break while social distancing 

For many students in King County, this time of year heralds spring break, a much-anticipated week away from school. The coronavirus outbreak has caused many families to cancel plans for break, leaving them in search of creative ways to keep their kids entertained while practicing social distancing. Visit the Balanced You blog to learn more about activities you can do as a family, both during and after spring break, that promote well-being while observing guidelines for staying healthy. 

Caring for children during the coronavirus response 

Crossposted from Balanced You  The evolving coronavirus outbreak in our community has been difficult for everyone to process. Each of us is experiencing some degree of anxiety or stress in the face of this pandemic. Children process stress differently than adults and are uniquely affected by the way we talk about the virus, images in the media, and changes to their routine following school closures and other ‘social distancing’ measures.  Balanced You is here to support King County employees who are parents and caretakers of children. Below, you will find resources and tips… Read More

Your King County ID badge is proof of “essential employee” 

Effective March 23, Governor Jay Inslee issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, which included a list of essential services that can and should continue operating.  At King County, employees who are designated as First Responders and Mission-Critical Employees are classified as “critical government workers” for the purposes of the Governor’s Order, and accordingly are expected to continue to report to work in person or telework per existing arrangements.  Please be advised that your King County identification badge serves as proof that you are an “essential employee.” If you are asked to provide proof… Read More

New one-stop employee COVID-19 webpage now available 

As we continue our efforts to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in King County, we have put together several resources for King County employees during this outbreak. Our new one-stop webpage, has health information, telecommuting resources, benefits updates, frequently asked questions, and more. This webpage can help to answer questions for King County employees about how their work is impacted by the coronavirus. 

Providing regular updates for employees 

To help support employees during this time and provide regular needed updates, the employee newsletter schedule will change. The newsletter will now be sent twice a week, instead of its originally scheduled once a week, Wednesday publication.   This temporary change will allow for important notices and announcements to be sent out at one time, building on the recognition of the employee newsletter, and not overwhelming employees with additional emailed announcements. One-off announcements will be used as necessary.  Please continue to review the employee newsletter for necessary information, and visit the employee news site,, to see all… Read More