Employee News - April 27

A service of the King County Department of Human Resources

King County Employee News



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J&J COVID-19 vaccine pause lifted: What this means for King County

Reposted from Public Health Insider

The CDC and FDA recently lifted the pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. for all adults age 18 and older. The agencies concluded that the benefits of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risks.

Click here to find out more about what this means for King County. 

Still Together EE Giving Program

Join the Annual Giving Drive Celebration May 6

Each year, the King County Employee Giving Program takes time to publicly recognize those employees who make the Annual Giving Drive a success.

This past year’s drive, probably more than any other, had a major impact on non-profit organizations in King County, the region and beyond by raising over $2.3 million.

Please join us at this virtual event as we say thank you, share inspiration and celebrate.

  • Thursday, May 6 from 8.30-9.30 a.m.
  • Employees register here
  • Nonprofit partners register here

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Planting trees is part of restoring construction sites for Wastewater Treatment

Reposted from Clean Water Stories

Restoring natural areas after construction is an important part of the work for Wastewater Treatment projects. When improving or fixing the regional sewer system, sometimes impacts are unavoidable.

When construction impacts sensitive areas and landscapes, the site is restored before the project is complete. That’s what happened at Discovery Park in Seattle, and this spring more than 50 newly planted trees are starting to take root.

Read the full story here. 


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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.

Public Health - Seattle & King County is hosting a panel event 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.

  • Thursday, April 29 at 5 p.m. 
  • See event details and community resources on the Balanced You blog

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Support a Veteran in launching a civilian career

King County’s Vets 4 HIRE program, which launched in 2015 and receives funding annually from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL), provides six-month or longer on-the-job training experiences to help current and former military service members with their transition to civilian employment, and funding is available to support departments in recruiting veterans to their teams.

Click here to learn more about how King County departments can provide practical experience in support of veterans.

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Public alert: Avoid unusual testing operations

Reposted from Public Health Insider

Recently, Public Health – Seattle & King County became aware of a small number of unusual COVID testing operations in King County that the public should avoid. Their practices raise several concerns, including providing potentially inaccurate results. 

Read more here about this warning.


Learn about Medicare options May 19  

Are you reaching Medicare age? Do you want to learn more about Medicare and your options as a King County employee? 

Sign up for Medicare 101, an upcoming seminar featuring guest speaker Jean Cormier, who will discuss Medicare basics. In addition, Jenny Stark from Regence BlueShield and Hannah Bachelder from Kaiser Permanente will discuss their Medicare Advantage plan options.  

Please note, attendance is strictly voluntary, on your own time, and non-work related. For more information, contact Carmen Johnson. 


Three paydays in April

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 this 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.

Training Spotlight

  • Developing Your Leadership Style – Online – Learn how to capitalize on your personal leadership style to achieve workplace goals. In this course you will: Identify your leadership style through personal assessment; learn the difference between leadership and management; recognize the "being" and "doing" of leadership; and develop the innate motivating techniques that transform employee attitudes and enhance cooperation and teamwork.
  • Mindful Self Compassion – Online – Learn how to befriend to yourself, even when things are tough. Gentle practices and simple tools help us notice our habits and cultivate kindness. This will be a warm, supportive workshop.

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

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Featured Job: Green Jobs Program Manager

Salary: $100,131.20 - $126,921.60

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Department: DNRP-Natural Resources & Parks

Job Number: 2021-13222

Division: Director's Office

Closes: May 16

This position will lead strategy development, partnership building, community engagement and capacity building to support the development of equitable green jobs and partnerships. This position will also support related Executive priorities such as economic development and responding to racism as a public health crisis.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

Puget Sound Regional Council approves federal funding for Metro

Dr. Jeff Duchin discusses COVID-19 trends and vaccine distribution – April 23, 2021

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