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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 is affecting many people in our community, including employees and their families. 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.

Employees interested in supporting their colleagues who have been affected by COVID-19 now have the opportunity to help, by donating accrued sick and vacation leave to the Emergency Leave Donation Fund. To donate or receive donations, employees must be non-represented employees or a member of a union that has signed the Memorandum of Agreement. Employees in Superior Court and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office are not eligible for this program.


This temporary program provides eligible employees with up to a maximum of 80 hours of Emergency Donated Leave for COVID-19-related reasons per calendar year. To donate or receive donations, an employee must be non-represented or a member of a union that has signed the Memorandum of Agreement. This program continues until the COVID-19 state of emergency has been officially declared over by Governor Inslee and Executive Constantine.

How the Emergency Leave Donation Fund works

Employees with eligible sick or vacation leave may donate their accrued leave in PeopleSoft. Learn how by viewing this PeopleSoft Emergency Leave Donation guide (SharePoint), or viewing this short video from the King County Business Resource Center to help with PeopleSoft entries.

Alternatively, employees interested in donating can fill out and submit the Emergency Leave Donation Form to the email listed below. Donors are limited to donations of 80 hours of sick leave and 80 hours of vacation leave (or BTO leave) to the Emergency Leave Donation Fund in a calendar year, unless the donor’s department director approves a greater amount.

Employees who need leave due to a COVID-19 related absence can request paid leave using the Emergency Leave Request Form.
Employees can use this PeopleSoft Emergency Leave Donation guide (SharePoint), and this short video from the King County Business Resource Center to help with PeopleSoft entries.
The Emergency Leave Donation Program is an opportunity to support one another during this unprecedented event.