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King County provides several types of leave to eligible employees. Consult with your supervisor or your agency Human Resources representative to confirm what typed of leaves apply to you and what forms and documentation may be necessary to process your request.

For detailed information, go to the Employee Leave Guide. If you are a represented employee, see your specific union contract for additional benefits information.

Many benefits are available to you and your eligible family members while you are on a leave of absence. For a summary of your options and the necessary paperwork, see Continuing Your County Benefits.

For information about County holidays, vacation time, and sick leave, please call Human Resources at 206-296-7340.

Donating leave time

Use the following forms to donate a portion of your accrued vacation or sick leave to another employee: Leave Donation Form (pdf) Leave Donation Form (MS Word).

Leave types

You may use up to three days of bereavement leave per calendar year to grieve the death of an immediate family member. Immediate family member is defined as: your spouse, child, parent, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, domestic partner and the child, parent, sibling, grandparent or grandchild of your spouse or domestic partner.

If you use three days of bereavement leave, you may use up to an additional three days of sick leave for the death of another immediate family member.

If you are the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, you can take Domestic Violence Leave to receive medical treatment, attend legal proceedings, or address safety concerns. You can also take leave to provide assistance to a family member who is a victim of domestic violence.

You may use leave with pay (sick leave, vacation leave, compensatory time or other accrued leave) or without pay. For details, see Domestic Violence Leave of Absence Procedures.

Use the following forms to donate a portion of your accrued vacation or sick leave to another employee: Leave Donation Form (pdf) Leave Donation Form (MS Word)

Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Washington Family Leave Act (WFLA), eligible employees may take leave for a serious health condition; to care for a child after birth, adoption, or placement for foster care; or to care for a spouse, child, or parent with a serious health condition. Leave is limited to 12 weeks in a rolling 12-month period.

Under WFLA, eligible employees may also take leave to care for a domestic partner registered with the State of Washington that meets the definition under State law.

Under King County Family Medical Leave (KCFML), eligible employees may take leave for the same reasons under FMLA as well as to care for a domestic partner with a serious health condition or for a spouse or domestic partner’s child or parent with a serious health condition. Leave is limited to 18 weeks in a rolling 12-month period.

Washington Family Care Act (WFCA): Employees in Washington State are entitled to use their choice of sick leave or other paid time off to care for a child with a health condition that requires treatment or supervision, or to care for a spouse, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent who has a serious health condition or an emergency, and to care for children 18 years and older with disabilities. Grandparents-in-law, grandchildren, and siblings are not included.

For a summary of the key points of each leave family and medical leave law, see the Leave Comparative Chart.

Communicate your need for family and medical leave with your supervisor as soon as possible and use the Protected Family and Medical Leave Request Form (fillable) (printable) and the appropriate certification form, below. Follow your department’s request for time off procedure and enter the appropriate leave of absence payroll codes into the payroll system. HR staff: Use the Protected Family and Medical Leave Response Form (fillable) (printable) to respond.

Certifications

The following forms are used to obtain a certification by a health care provider to support your request for family and medical leave:

 

If you are eligible for leave and ordered to serve on a jury, you receive your regular King County pay. You must decline any jury duty pay—except for mileage—from the court system if you are receiving King County pay.

Communicate your jury duty information and provide a copy of your jury duty summons to your supervisor. Follow your department’s request for time off procedure and enter the appropriate leave of absence payroll codes into the payroll system.

Female employees may be eligible for leave for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Pregnancy-related Conditions during the time she is sick or temporarily disabled. This leave may be in addition to family and medical leaves.

For detailed information about the types of pregnancy leave available, please review the Pregnancy-Related Leave Guide.

Communicate your need for pregnancy, childbirth and pregnancy-related leave with your supervisor as soon as possible and use the Protected Family and Medical Leave Request Form and the Employee Medical Certification Form. Follow your department’s request for time off procedure and enter the appropriate leave of absence payroll codes into the payroll system.

If you are eligible for leave, you may take a leave of absence without pay for up to 30 calendar days, if you obtain written authorization from your supervisor. For a leave of absence of up to one year, additional authorization may be required (see request form for details). Please refer to King County Code 3.12.250, Personnel Guidelines 14.11, and applicable collective bargaining agreements for more detailed information.

Communicate your need for leave with your supervisor as soon as possible and use the Leave of Absence Without Pay Request Form. Follow your department’s request for time off procedure and enter the appropriate leave of absence payroll codes into the payroll system.

King County employees (both male and female) can receive up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave following the birth, adoption, or foster-to-adopt placement of a child. The leave will run concurrent with federal, state, and county family or medical leave to the fullest extent possible.

Communicate your need for paid parental leave with your supervisor as soon as possible and use the Protected Family and Medical Leave Request Form and the Employee Medical Certification Form. If adopting a foster child, use the Foster-to Adopt Form as well. Follow your department’s request for time off procedure and enter the appropriate leave of absence payroll codes into the payroll system.

For more information, see the Paid Parental Leave FAQ.

You may use up to three days of sick leave each year to perform volunteer services at your child’s school. Submit a written request specifying the school’s name and the volunteer service you are performing to your supervisor prior to the leave. Follow your department’s request for time off procedure, and enter the appropriate leave of absence payroll codes into the payroll system.

King County provides the following benefits for employees taking a leave of absence for military deployment or training/drills:

  • Up to 21-days of paid military leave per military fiscal year (Oct. 1 -- Sept. 30)
  • Differential pay while on active duty
  • Medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance for a military leave beyond 30-calendar days
  • Vacation and sick leave accruals while on military leave

To receive these benefits, submit a Uniformed Services Payment Election Form, a copy of your military orders, and your training/drill schedules prior to beginning your leave. To use your own accrued leave (except sick leave) or take leave without pay, you do not need to submit your orders or training/drill schedule unless the military leave period exceeds 30-calendar days.

For additional information, refer to the Uniformed Services Leave FAQ and the Guide to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

 

Benefits and retirement

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

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Fax: 206-296-7678