Accessing leave during COVID-19
What leaves can I access if I need them?
King County offers a variety of leaves to help employees support our community and take care of themselves and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more about available leaves for COVID-19-related issues and their eligibility criteria on this webpage. To learn more about available leaves for COVID-19-related issues and eligibility criteria, go to Taking Leave.
Provides up to a maximum of 80 hours of emergency donated leave for COVID-related reasons per calendar year.
Emergency Leave Donations help King County employees in need and are a good option for employees who may find themselves in a "use-it-or-lose-it" position with their vacation balance at the end of the year.
For more information about this program, go to Emergency Leave Donation Program. The Emergency Donated Leave program continues until the COVID-19 state of emergency has been officially declared over by Governor Inslee and Executive Constantine.
This program is available to Executive Branch employees and all separately-elected agencies except Superior Court and the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, which manage their own programs.
Where permitted, an employee may adjust the time period in which they complete each day’s required work hours to help them better manage the competing demands on their time. For example, instead of a standard 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. work schedule, an employee may be permitted to adjust their schedule to 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. five days a week. Employees may also be permitted to adjust their schedule to work a different number of hours on each day of the week as long as they complete their regular 35- or 40-hour work week.
This option will not be appropriate for every employee or every function, and will require the approval of an employee’s supervisor. Any change to the schedule of an employee represented by a labor organization must be consistent with the relevant collective bargaining agreement.
If an employee would like to adjust their hours, they are encouraged to have this discussion with their supervisor. A Pandemic Alternative Work Arrangements for Parents Form must be completed and approved by the employee’s supervisor prior to beginning an adjusted schedule. After an employee begins an adjusted schedule, supervisors should conduct periodic reviews with the employee to evaluate the success of the arrangement.
Supervisors: Please review this checklist when reviewing requests for Pandemic Alternative Work Arrangements.
The announcement that most schools will start remotely in fall of 2020 creates additional challenges for working parents, as does caring for elderly or sick family members. Please see this guide for leave and scheduling options if you have school-aged or younger children at home whose school or childcare has closed because of COVID-19. Please work with your supervisor and seek approval when pursuing the options below, and consult your HR Representative for more details.