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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.

When I started my career at King County, I had a completely different job. For the first eight months, things went well. But then the pressures grew – along with the workplace distractions. It was soon discovered that I had a very treatable medical condition. After working with a trusted supervisor, along with Disability Services, I was able to locate a new job within my same department.

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.

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Transitional Duty

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.

The TDA program has helped me stay mobile and productive. The site supervisors have been very accommodating, ensuring that if my injury is aggravated to let them know. They were happy to have someone fill the assignment even temporarily. I had the ability of utilizing the equipment to fit my needs I was able to work at my pace. I was trained in Excel and Outlook, answered phones, and greeted people as they had meetings. I will also be training the next person taking on this job. I love bringing a smile to everyone and making their visit to the office a memorable one. -Previous TDA worker

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