Returning to work
Committed to helping injured workers get back to work as soon as possible
King County Disability Services coordinates the County Job Reassignment Program. Through this program, employees who are unable to return to their base classification due to permanent or chronic medical restrictions and are separated from employment have an opportunity to seek other positions within King County.
Employees have up to one year (two years for Union 587 members) from the date of separation to enter the program, provided they are medically released for work. The program includes priority rehire rights for up to six months from the date of entry into the program for non-promotional vacant King County jobs that the employee is qualified to perform.
Though it’s never easy to switch jobs, I credit the help of my manager for being open and supportive about what was needed. If Disability Services is required as part of the process, you’ll find a wealth of warmth, support and knowledge to guide you. Doing your best will make it easier to find something else if this position turns out not to be your dream job. - Previous Reassignment Program candidate
Click here to view the current Reasonable Accommodation in Employment for Individuals with Disabilities policy (PER-22-4-3-EP) which includes information on the Reassignment Program.
For additional assistance, please contact RAP@kingcounty.gov.
The Transitional Duty Assignment (TDA) (light/modified duty) program helps employees with temporary medical restrictions return to their regular positions faster and provide them with a support system by keeping them connected to King County.
Employees perform administrative work, customer service, data entry, e-file management, scanning projects, surveys, phone work and other activities lasting from a week to a maximum of six months. After meeting all criteria, employees are placed based on available work and skills. Participants earn vacation and sick days on top of being paid through their home departments. Please check with your specific division to see if and how they participate in the larger King County TDA program.
There is no cost for the receiving department to host a TDA worker.Click here to request a TDA worker
Click here to view the current Transitional Duty for Employees with Temporary Medical Restrictions policy (PER-22-6-1-EP).
For additional assistance, please contact TDA@kingcounty.gov.