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Benefits, Payroll and Retirement

Benefits, Payroll and Retirement

Find information about your King County employee benefits, payroll, and retirement.

King County provides comprehensive benefits and services to eligible employees, retirees, and their dependents through strategic planning, negotiation, and implementation of benefit programs. Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations is here to help you with your medical, vision, and dental plan options; life and disability insurance; medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts; leave programs; payroll; and retirement planning.


Leave donation programs updated for 2023

Two new leave donation programs began Jan. 1, 2023, that comply with IRS requirements and make permanent the emergency leave fund started during the pandemic.

The Emergency Medical Leave Fund allows leave-eligible employees to donate accrued leave and request donations from a central fund. Through the Employee-to-Employee Medical Leave Donation Program, you can donate your accrued leave directly to another comprehensive leave-eligible employee.

Under the new programs, donated leave can be used only for reasons specified under the Family and Medical Leave Act, such as a serious health condition or to bond with a new child. Donated time can only be used after you have exhausted your own leave balances, and must be used first for an absence of three or more consecutive days, then can be used intermittently.

For more information, including an FAQ, go the Donated Leave tab on the Taking leave webpage.


Educational benefits videos available

Learn more about your King County employee benefits and how they work by watching short videos on the Benefit Education page.

Benefits and retirement

Phone 206-684-1556
Fax: 206-296-7700

Phone hours:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays

Fax: 206-296-7678