How to obtain extra necessary medications to have on hand

King County is committed to the welfare of our employees, and as the COVID-19 virus continues to impact our community, we want employees to know that our prescription benefit vendors have taken steps to address the outbreak and protect employee’s access to medication. The following information will help you and your covered family members obtain extra necessary medication to have on hand. If you have long-term maintenance medications, you are encouraged to refill eligible prescriptions for 90-day supplies via mail-order/home delivery or pick up. This can help reduce the number of trips… Read More

Addressing issues with application process for state PFML 

As employees have begun to file for payments under the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program, King County has become aware of issues with the application process.  It has been brought to our attention that when employees are completing the fields of the initial benefit account on the Employment Security Department PFML website there are some challenges.  Based on the personal information employees enter as part of the application process, the Employment Information auto-populates. King County’s current Name includes “DNRP/WTD” and related address.  Please accept this information as your employer. King County… Read More

Connect with health care professionals using telehealth tools 

Your King County medical plan offers you and your covered family members several ways to obtain medical advice and care from the comfort and safety of your own home. These telehealth services are offered at little or no additional cost to you. For Regence BlueShield members (KingCare and KingCare Select) Doctor on Demand, available 24/7. Cost is $10 per visit. Connect with a board-certified physician or therapist from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Download the Doctor on Demand app from the App Store or Google Play. You’ll need your Regence member ID number to register…. Read More

Apply to the 2020 Balanced You Worksite Fund

How do YOU want to be healthy and well at work? Today, we are excited to announce the launch of the 2020 Balanced You Worksite Fund to help you and your co-workers bring your own creative ideas and solutions to to creating a work-place that feels healthy and supportive . During 2019, the Worksite Fund supported 43 projects designed by and for employees across King County. Projects included a certified therapy dog to help employees reduce stress, self-defense classes to help employees feel safer, physical activity equipment and yoga classes to help… Read More

Training Spotlight: February training opportunities 

The Department of Human Resources’ Learning and Development team is hosting several trainings this month, including:  Conflict Management for Women (Two Session) Workshop: Feb. 19 and 26, 2020. Register here.  Time Management/Working Smarter: Feb. 21, 2020. Register here.  Excel – Level 3: Feb. 22, 2020. Register here.  Intro to Strategic Planning: Feb, 24, multiple dates. Register here.  View more training and development opportunities at www.kingcounty.gov/learning. 

Focus on values: We lead the way

Dear employee, “We lead the way” is an attitude that we bring to our work, and one of our eight Executive Branch values. Everything that we accomplish is due to your hard work and innovative thinking, and as an organization, we are creating a culture where you feel empowered to push for new and better ways of doing things. As we focus on our “We lead the way” value this month, please take a moment to watch the “We lead the way” video. Your supervisor will make time to discuss what this… Read More

View your W-2 form online 

Your 2019 W-2 form is now available in PeopleSoft to view and print. A paper copy of your W-2 form was mailed last week by ADP to the address you have listed in PeopleSoft.  To view or print your W-2, log in to PeopleSoft from work, choose the Payroll tile, then go to “View W-2/W-2c Forms.” You can also access W-2 forms by registering at the ADP website. If you need help with PeopleSoft, call the KCIT Service Center at 206-263-4357.  Your Form 1095-C—Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage—will also be sent to your home… Read More

2020 Mindfulness classes open for registration 

Would you like to stress less this year? Give Balanced You’s popular mindfulness classes a try! Balanced You has partnered with Mindfulness Northwest to offer classes at county worksites, online, or in the community. Classes are available to King County employees free-of-charge, subject to availability. The next available class, “Introduction to Mindfulness” will be Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the King County Airport. Registration closes January 15th. Visit the Balanced You blog for more information. 

Free Financial Check-Up Webinar for employees  

Making Life Easier offers webinars throughout the year, free-of-charge, to King County employees. Topics include mental health, financial savings, healthy communication, and more. Employees interested in developing healthier finances can tune into Making Life Easier’s next webinar, “Your Financial Check-up,” which will be released Jan. 21. Webinars are available on-demand.  Employees can access webinars via the Making Life Easier portal, username: King County. Contact balancedyou@kingcounty.gov for more information.

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… Read More