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.
COVID Leave: On Sept. 17, 2021, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed by participating collective bargaining agreements to provide up to a maximum of 80 hours of COVID Leave for employees. Please see the COVID Leave section below for more details.
- COVID Leave provides up to a maximum of 80 hours of leave for COVID-19-related reasons from Aug. 10, 2021, until the program ends on Dec. 31, 2022.
- COVID Leave is available to all represented and non-represented employees except for the following groups:
- Prosecuting Attorney Office (PAO)
- Puget Sound Police Managers Association (PSPMA)
- King County Police Officers Guild (KCPOG)
- King County District Court (KCDC)
- King County Council
- To apply, complete the COVID Leave Request Form and submit it, along with appropriate documentation, to your agency Human Resources professional.
- For more information about this new program, go to the COVID Leave FAQ and COVID-19 Leave Procedure.
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.
The Emergency Donated Leave Fund is available to all comprehensive leave eligible employees except for the following groups:
- Prosecuting Attorney Office (PAO)
- King County Superior Court (KCSC)
- King County Juvenile Detention Guild (KCJDG)
- King County Corrections Guild (KCCG)
- King County Uniformed Command Association (UCA)
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.