All full-time Career Service and TLT are eligible for participation in the following benefit plans after designated waiting periods:
- Medical Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
- Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
- Flexible Spending Accounts (Health care and dependent care)
We provide 10 observed holidays per year, and 2 personal days that are credited as vacation.
We offer 1230 vacation days per calendar year with accrual based on length of service; vacation accrues cannot be taken for the first six months of employment.
We offer up to eight hours per month sick leave with accrual based on number of hours in a pay status.
Family Medical Leave
In addition to federally mandated leave, King County has its own safety net for employees who need time off to tend to themselves or family members KCFMLA.
Corporate responsibility programs
King County is proud to participate in programs that contribute to civic responsibility, including:
- Meaningful Work to Benefit Others and Our Community
- Jury Duty Pay
- Strong Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy
- Departmental Diversity Teams
- Charitable Giving Campaigns
- Employee Transportation - Benefit-eligible employees receive a free annual bus pass for use on or off the job. We provide discounted ferry passes, vanpool and carpool services, as well as a guaranteed, free ride home in certain situations.
Making Life Easier Programs
A variety of free and confidential services are available to benefit-eligible employees, their dependent family members (whether home or away) and anyone living in their household as well as laid off employees, surviving spouses or domestic partners of deceased employees. Services include:
- Counseling and Referral
- APS HelpLink Online Articles and Information
- Credit and Legal Consultation
- Mortgage Assistance
- Child Care Resource and Referral
- Mildly Sick Child Care
- Adult and Elder Care
Alternate Dispute Resolution
Free and confidential services for solving workplace problems (e.g., conflict between groups and individuals) is available if needed.
Most employees in eligible positions must participate in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). You can learn more about these retirement systems at the PERS web site.
In addition, King County offers a voluntary supplemental retirement savings program (a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan) offering you a convenient way to build your savings for the future while enjoying immediate tax breaks. The County makes no contribution to this plan should you choose to participate in this program.
Most employees can receive three paid days of bereavement leave a year due to the death of an immediate family member including domestic partners and their families.
Organ Donor Leave
Employee’s eligible for leave benefits may take up to five days paid leave to be a donor in a life-giving or life-saving procedure (for example, bone marrow transplants, kidney transplants and blood transfusions) without having other leave balances changed.
Transitional Duty Program
The Disability Services Unit of the Human Resources Division provides job accommodations consulting and job placement for medically separated King County employees and coordinates transitional duty assignments for employees with temporary medical restrictions.
Career Support Services
King County places a high value on the service of its workforce. If and when there is a need to reduce staffing in particular programs, Public Health - Seattle & King County takes every effort to redeploy employees within the department. The King County Layoff-Recall Program serves as a safety net and provides a variety of services to help find employment alternatives within the county as well as to explore other job opportunities.
Additional benefits include:
- Uniform/casual dress for most positions
- Qualification for King County Credit Union and Qualstar Credit Union membership
- Union representation for most positions
- Direct pay deposit