UPDATED: Employee News - April 20

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King County Employee News




Celebrating Administrative Professionals Recognition Day, April 21

Wednesday, April 21, is Administrative Professionals Recognition Day, an opportunity to say “thank you” to the Administrative Professionals that keep our teams, divisions, and departments running smoothly. 

While we have had to cancel this year’s annual Administrative Professionals Recognition Day Celebration Event in line with our ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we can still use this opportunity to express our gratitude to our Administrative Professionals.  

This extraordinary group of people is greatly appreciated by all employees across King County, and we thank them for their professionalism, expertise, and service.

Learn about our Administrative Professionals Development and Recognition Program at www.kingcounty.gov/ap. 

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How to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

All Washington residents age 16 and up are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, so how do you go about scheduling an appointment?

There are several ways you can make an appointment for the vaccine -- click here to learn more about your options.

How to navigate King County eLearning

King County has launched a new platform to power King County eLearning, our online learning system, called NEOGOV Learn.

King County eLearning offers thousands of courses and with NEOGOV Learn now powering it, you will be better able to customize and track your learning, access courses that have been assigned to you, and get credit for your attendance at classes and webinars.

Watch this short video below on how to navigate the new King County eLearning.


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April has three paydays!

Almost all King County employees get paid on a biweekly basis, every-other-Thursday, resulting in 26 pay periods per year. You usually receive two paychecks per month, but April 29 will be your third payday of the month.

The net dollar amount of these “third” paychecks may be larger because not all deductions are taken out. For example, Deferred Compensation, supplemental insurance premiums, Benefit Access Fees, and Employee Giving donations are not deducted from these checks.

Please note, this will be the case in September 2021 as well. For more information about your paycheck, go to Payroll or speak with your department Payroll representative or timekeeper.

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You’re invited to a community conversation on COVID vaccines

“Why should I trust the vaccine? What’s the difference between the vaccines?” There are many common questions and concerns surrounding the vaccine. For many in the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities, there are additional hesitancies around the vaccine due to medical trauma, language and access barriers, or historical racism in the healthcare system.

PHSKC is hosting a panel event on Thursday, April 29 with local BIPOC leaders to help answer your questions live. Bring your questions about COVID-19 vaccines to this panel discussion and Q&A. This community event is open to all. More event details and community resources on the Balanced You blog.

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Alleviate Financial Stress with My Secure Advantage

Balanced You has partnered with My Secure Advantage to provide a complete financial wellness benefit to all employees. With My Secure Advantage, you have access to a dedicated Money Coach for 90 days each year at no cost to you to talk about any financial topic. 

Financial wellness is an important piece of overall health because it can affect our stress levels, anxiety over the future, and relationship with others. With a Money Coach, you can build a stronger and more secure future no matter where you are in your financial journey.

Read more about My Secure Advantage.

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April is National Records and Information Management Month

As King County employees, we have the responsibility of managing our records all year long. So what makes April so special?

“Records Management Month is the time we set aside to celebrate and recognize the important and valuable work that we all do as records managers.” County Records Analyst Lisa Mankin said. “Whether you’re a department director, an administrative specialist, or an inspector in the field, we are all records managers.”

Find out more information and watch a brief video here

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Notice of King County Personnel Board Candidate Filing & Election

King County Elections will hold a candidate filing period for the elected member position on the King County Personnel Board. The candidate filing period will begin on Monday, May 3 at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 7. 

The Personnel Board conducts hearings on appeals of certain personnel actions as provided for in Section 540 of the King County Charter. Read more about the filing and election here

Training Spotlight

  • Mentorship Lunch & Learn – Online – Would you like to have a mentor, someone who can help you grow professionally? Do you want to strengthen your coaching skills? As a Mentee, you will have a trusted advisor who can help you navigate complex situations, and as a Mentor, you can uncover new or forgotten skills and build influence. This Lunch and Learn is free.
  • Conflict Awareness in the Workplace – Online – S Seattle College – We all encounter difficult people. Whether you are a supervisor, a customer service professional, or have a challenging co-worker, it's important to know how to rise above your initial emotional reaction and turn negative situations into positive outcomes.
    • Friday, April 23, from 9-11 a.m. 
    • Register here - fee is $89.00

Please visit our King County Eventbrite website and our Learning and Development website for more learning opportunities. For more information, contact the Learning and Development Team at KCTraining@kingcounty.gov or visit Learning and Development at www.kingcounty.gov/learning

Tech Tip: Microsoft Teams training final sessions

One week left! Microsoft is leading Teams training sessions for King County employeesand the new Teams 200 class is a hit with Teams users looking to get more out of this great tool! 

These live, one-huor training sessions will continue for King County users on many critical features of Teams for just one more week. Feel free to drop into any of the following Teams Live Events: 

There’s no need to register ahead of time. Simply create a reminder on your calendar and paste the appropriate link into it. 


Featured Job: Veterinary Technician

Salary: $21.73 - $27.55/hr

Location: Kent, WA

Job Type: Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT)

Department: DES - Executive Services

Job Number: 2021SG12892

Division: RALS - Records & Licensing Svc

Closes: April 27

Passionate about shelter pets? Are you an animal whisperer? This role works closely with veterinarians; prepping animals for procedure while assisting with medical care. Make a difference in the lives of our furry friends!

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

Dr. Jeff Duchin discusses steady rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations – April 16

Groups serving low-income populations encouraged to apply for transit tickets by April 23

Dining during COVID: How to spot signs that a restaurant is doing it right - by Public Health Insider

Best Starts for Kids Funding Opportunity - Deadline May 14

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