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

Focus on values: We focus on the customer

Dear employee, As public servants, “We focus on the customer” is not only one of our core values – it’s also part of every employee’s work, whether their customer is a member of the public, or another county employee. Over the past eight years, through training, collaborating, and learning from employees about their experiences and challenges, we’ve created a common understanding of what excellent customer service looks like in King County. There are of course minor variations between departments due to different mandates and regulatory roles, yet we all have a common… Read More

Making Life Easier offers webinars throughout the year to King County employees 

The King County Making Life Easier program offers webinars throughout the year to King County employees, free-of-charge. Topics include mental health, support for caregivers, healthy communication, and more. Employees interested in improving relationships with others can tune into Making Life Easier’s next webinar, “Creating Strong Relationships: Examining Healthy vs. Unhealthy,” which will be released Dec. 17. Webinars are available on-demand.  Employees can access webinars via the Making Life Easier portal, using username King County. For more information contact Balanced You at BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov. 

Honoring King County’s active duty employees

King County supports and thanks all who have served in the military or are currently serving in the Guard or Reserve. It is important for employers to value their military personnel and support them to take leave for military operations, while allowing for them to stay gainfully employed. To highlight this, we have profiled a King County employee who is also currently serving in the Reserve. Elizabeth Inglese, a Visual Designer with King County’s Department of Information Technology (KCIT), shares her experience while serving as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Marine… Read More

King County recognized for honoring our active duty National Guard and Reserve employees

As an employer, King County understands that those in the armed service bring with them unique skills, ideas and perspectives, We also know that these individuals have an overwhelming sense of service, and we want that here at King County! Therefore, King County is committed to supporting both our National Guard and Reserve employees who serve and their families. We are pleased to be the recipient of the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) “Above and Beyond” Award for the comprehensive USERRA benefits we offer. The Uniformed… Read More

Training Spotlight: Leadership for Women

Leadership for Women, Dec. 4: Examine the issues and challenges facing women in leadership positions and how a values-based leadership style is critical to becoming an effective and authentic leader. During this three-hour course you will develop your Value-Based Leadership Mission Statement. Your mission statement will help you to lead according to your values, stay focused during challenging times, and simply your decision-making. You will also learn 17 reasons women make great leaders. Register and learn more.  View more training and development opportunities at www.kingcounty.gov/learning. 

Stress less during the 2019 holiday season: Self-care tips to consider during this busy time of year 

Crossposted from Balanced You The holidays can be full of joy, loved ones, and fabulous food. They also can be triggers for sadness and fatigue. It’s especially important to practice stress management this time of year. Balanced You and King County’s Making Life Easier program offer the following tips to help you enjoy the season to the fullest. Take time out Pay attention to your own needs. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take time for yourself. Learn how to reduce stress via a free-of-charge mindfulness class. Due to popular demand, Mindfulness Northwest has added an additional online class for King… Read More

That’s a wrap on 2019 flu shots 

Crossposted from Balanced You  Every fall, King County’s Balanced You program provides worksite flu shot clinics for employees. In response to employee feedback, we expanded this year’s program by adding late afternoon clinic times, four new worksites, and more staff to better reach employees. Over the course of six weeks, we traveled to Woodinville, Auburn, Maple Valley and several worksites in between, serving more than 3,800 employees.  Thank you! Our team works throughout the year to plan these clinics with several benefit partners, our flu shot vendor and employees that volunteer their time to coordinate… Read More

Open Enrollment starts today, ends Nov. 15

Take a fresh look at your benefits Make the most of your robust King County employee benefits package by making informed decisions for next year during Open Enrollment, Nov. 1 – 15. Follow these steps to ensure you are selecting the right benefit options for you and your family: Review your benefit choices See what’s changing next year. Evaluate your medical plan options using the Plan Comparison Charts and other resources on the Medical plans page. Consider whether one of the lower-cost plans, Kaiser SmartCare or KingCare Select (Regular and Transit ATU employees… Read More

Rev Up For Retirement seminar on Nov. 13 

Are you too young to think about retirement? Think again! With increasing concern over the future of Social Security and the stability of retirement plans, it’s a good idea to stay informed and to prepare in advance. Please join the King County Retirement team for a three-hour seminar featuring guest speakers from Social Security and Jean Cormier, an expert in Medicare choices and options. Employee resources available through King County will also be shared.   Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., King Street Center, 8th Floor Conference Room, 201 S…. Read More