Employee News - November 12, 2020

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Reminder on wearing masks at work 

As we try to slow the spread of COVID-19, please remember that all Executive Branch employees must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths if they are likely to be in contact with another individual and distancing of six feet is not able to be maintained.   

If an employee has a medical condition that impacts the employee’s ability to wear a mask, they should contact their HR Manager. The county may not be able to reasonably accommodate a disabled employee’s request that they be exempted from the requirement to wear a mask if the employee works in an environment where social distancing is difficult and/or not wearing a mask creates a risk of exposing others. Read more.  


Reminder: Open Enrollment ends Nov. 15  

Make the most of your robust King County employee benefits package by making informed decisions for next year during Open Enrollment, Nov. 1 – 15. Here’s how you can learn more:  

When you are ready, Go to Open Enrollment Nov. 1 – 15. If you have questions about your benefits or need help with Open Enrollment, contact Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations at 206-684-1556 or by email at KC Benefits, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday (closed Veterans Day, Nov. 11). Extended Hours are available from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 15. Due to COVID-19, the Benefits office is closed for walk-in service. 


Records management guidance and resources for teleworking 

As King County continues to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, county employees are facing unprecedented changes. In particular, much of the county workforce is either adapting to long-term telework or facing space consolidations and office moves. These changes have highlighted the importance that records and information play in our everyday work. All county employees access records and information in order to do their jobs and changes to our work environment can present challenges to accessing that helpful information. 

Luckily the King County Records Management Program provides various resources and services to help agencies that are facing office moves or transitioning to long-term telework. Please contact Records Management for any assistance or questions at Records.Management@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-2679 

Here are several resources for records management.

Fleet Services to launch pilot project Nov. 16 

Fleet Services is rolling out a pilot project to help meet evolving business-related transportation needs for employees in the new COVID era. With mandatory telework now extended through July 5, 2021, the county vehicles at Goat Hill and King Street Center garages are no longer easily accessible for many. Fleet has a series of pilot programs to address these new needs. 

A pilot project with Roads Services employees launches Nov. 16. County vehicles will be parked at the Shoreline District Court. Eligible employees would register, obtain a key fob and receive instructions. They key fob is assigned to an individual employee to check out a county vehicle. Read more.  

Moving to Teams: Making 911 calls on the right phone 

When employees are working remotely, or teleworking (i.e. not at a King County location), and need to call 911, they are reminded to use their home phone or cell phone – not their Teams phone or Skype phone if possible – to place their 911 call. 

When employees use Teams or Skype to call 911 when not in a King County building, the call is first routed to a regional 911 center in Colorado, where the employee will need to provide their location before being transferred to the correct local 911 center. While the employee will be directed to the right 911 center, it takes precious extra seconds. Of course, if Skype or Teams is the only option to use, then do use it. 

So please remember, employees should use their home or cell phone to call 911. Find out more about our switch to Teams.

DDECSD forum

Join DDECSD at their 31st Annual Developmental Disabilities Legislative Forum, November 23 

King County’s annual Developmental Disabilities Legislative Forum, hosted by the Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports (DDECSD), is marking its 31st year.  Join us on Monday, Nov23, 2020, from 7-8:30 p.m. for this community conversation.   

On this special evening we will hear stories from community members and present King County’s related legislative priorities that will help all people live full, integrated and productive lives. Last year, we hosted close to 600 community members at this event and welcomed 30 state legislators. Read more.  


Keep the plumber off your holiday guest list – and grease out of your (and our) pipes! 

Did you know plumbers refer to the day after Thanksgiving as “Brown Friday” because of the uptick in business they get from feast-clogged pipes and sewer lines? Fats, oils and grease (also known as “FOG”) can cause major home plumbing issues – as well as problems in the sewer system. Just as fatty foods clog arteries, FOG sticks to the inside of pipes causing blockages and backups of raw sewage, that can put your family’s health and the environment at risk. Read more. 

Training Spotlight for November 12 

  • Building Gender Inclusive Spaces – Online  In this two-hour workshop, participants will learn foundational knowledge of gender and sexuality and best practices to support a gender diverse workforce, with a focus on the intersection of race and LGBTQ+ identities. Participants will have the opportunity to move through real-life scenarios, apply their understanding of pronoun use, and develop strategies to advance gender equity at King County. This training is free and takes place on Monday, Nov. 16, from 1-3 p.m. Register here. 

Seattle College Winter offerings will be posted by the end of next week. Please visit our King County Eventbrite page website for these and more opportunities. For more information, contact the Learning and Development Team at KCTraining@kingcounty.gov or visit Learning and Development at www.kingcounty.gov/learning. 

Featured Job: Administrative Specialist II 

Salary$48,004.94 - $60,849.36 Annually 

LocationWA 98166, WA 

Job TypeSpecial Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT) 

DepartmentDPH - Public Health 

Job Number2020DB12366 

DivisionCommunity Health Services 

Closing11/22/2020 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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