Employee News - June 15

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King County Employee News



LGBTQ June Proclamation 2021

June proclaimed as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month

In recognition and support of the LGBTQIA+ community, King County Executive Dow Constantine has proclaimed June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month.

King County is a leader in advancing equitable policies and practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and Executive Constantine urges "everyone to honor the fight against discrimination and the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people to our County and our society."

Read the full proclamation here. You can get a list of upcoming events on the Seattle Pride website and register for the two-day Seattle Pride Virtual LGBTQIA+ Pride Celebration June 26 and 27.

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Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples’ Day to be observed holidays beginning in 2022

Starting in 2022, King County government will observe two new paid holidays, Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples’ Day, subject to available funding resources, bargaining, and potential impacts to existing county services.  

These new holidays reflect our work to build a more racially just King County by honoring and strengthening our understanding of our history. 

They will be dedicated as days of service and learning, and provide an opportunity for us to deepen our knowledge about our nation’s history, Black and Indigenous heritage and culture, and the many ongoing contributions of Black and Indigenous people in our region.

They will also help us sharpen our focus and commitment to undo the institutionalized racist practices and policies that harm BIPOC people today.    

Click here to learn more. 

Juneteenth 2021 Legislative

King County Executive & Legislative Branches present a Juneteenth Celebration

The Executive and Legislative Branches will host a virtual event with author, activist and entrepreneur, Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga, Tacoma Program Dean, Evergreen State College

The program will also include special presentations of
“The Unspoken Truths” by Delbert Richardson and a performance by Acts on Stage.

All employees are encouraged to attend. 

Employee Spotlights

Metro's Marissa Sindall on why she got vaccinated

Metro Vaccine Sindall


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Retirement plan contributions change July 1

Employee and employer contribution rates for retirement plans will change on July 1, 2021, as approved by the State Legislature.

The state Pension Funding Council adjusts contribution rates every two years, as needed, to fund the retirement benefits earned by members.

Click here to see the new contribution rates. 

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Kaiser Permanente ImmUNITY Sweepstakes

If you get a COVID-19 vaccination through Kaiser Permanente, you may win a prize in their ImmUNITY sweepstakes.

Kaiser Permanente’s new ImmUNITY sweepstakes* aims to encourage vaccination while also supporting a full and healthy return to life’s activities. It’s open to anyone age 12 and older who has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a Kaiser Permanente healthcare facility or a qualifying Kaiser Permanente-sponsored vaccination distribution site by July 9, 2021, and all vaccinated Kaiser Permanente members — regardless of where they got vaccinated. One thousand people will win Be Well Rewards that include:

  • Trips to theme parks and national parks
  • Wellness retreats
  • Healthy meal delivery to your home
  • Personal fitness equipment
  • Gym memberships

Go to kp.org/covidvaccine for more information on the sweepstakes or to book a vaccine appointment.

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See if you’re eligible for a discount on Internet service 

You may qualify for a new program to help save money on your high-speed Internet bill.

In May, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit — a temporary program to help families and households afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.

Eligible households can also receive a onetime discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

Visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org to see if you qualify. You can also check with your internet provider to see if they are participating. Contact the Emergency Broadband Support Center for additional help at EBBHelp@usac.org or 833-511-0311.

Digital Accessibility Workshop

The University of Washington, City of Seattle, and Northwest ADA Center are hosting two days of free digital accessibility training for city and county employees in the State of Washington.

The workshops will address various aspects of digital accessibility, including: legal obligations of Title II, procurement procedures, web application design, and document accessibility. A highlight of this training will include a panel discussion with users who are impacted by improvements in digital accessibility.

This free, online workshop is open to all city and county employees in the State of Washington. Registration is required for participation and the deadline is Friday, June 18. Space is limited, please register at your earliest convenience.

  • Tuesday, June 22 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 23 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Click here for details and to register by Friday, June 18

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Balanced You Self-Care Webinar: Dealing with Pandemic Fatigue and Anxiety

Overwhelmed by changing public health guidelines? Exhausted from Zoom meetings but nervous about returning to work? Or maybe you have been at work the entire time and are feeling burned out?

Balanced You presents a webinar on Dealing with Pandemic Fatigue and Anxiety. Hear from experts on how to manage your stress and how to mentally prepare for returning to the office or continuing on the front lines. During this webinar, you will also learn mindfulness techniques you can use for yourself and your loved ones.

Balanced You Health Hero: Meet Mahak Chopra

In an effort to keep employees connected with each other during quarantine, Balanced You created “Coffee Connections,” a virtual space where employees can meet and chat with peers from various work groups about everything from pets to favorite foods.

Mahak Chopra, Administrative Specialist for the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN) project, talks about how attending Coffee Connections helped her meet new people and feel connected. Watch this five-minute video to learn more.

Coffee Connections will resume in July!

Health Hero Mahak Chopra

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Veterans and Military Affinity Group meeting is June 16

The King County Veterans and Military Affinity Group will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 16.

This month’s meeting will feature Part 2 of a presentation on Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loans and will be presented by Certified VA Loan Officer, Tom Corcoran from United American Mortgage.

All King County employees who have served or are currently serving in the military are invited to attend.

Career Support Services

Strategic Interviewing Tips and Techniques – This two-hour VIRTUAL workshop will provide you with strategies and tips to help you to do your best during the interview. Learning objectives include:

  • How to prepare for a virtual job interview
  • The interview structure and types of questions you will be asked
  • The STAR-LA method and how to use it to provide organized and complete responses
  • General tips and strategies
  • Wednesday, June 16 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Register here

For additional online workshops offered by King County Career Support Services (CSS), visit their Eventbrite page. For more information about CSS along with links to career related tips and resources, visit www.kingcounty.gov/CSS

Training Spotlight: Mentorship Lunch & Learn

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 and the next session is:

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: Public Health Administrative Support Supervisor (Dental Clinic Supervisor)

Salary: $33.73 - $42.75/Hour

Location: Bellevue, WA

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

Department: DPH - Public Health

Job Number: 2021ML13628

Division: Community Health Services

Closes: June 22

Do you have a passion to serve those most vulnerable in our community? If you’re a ready for a new career chapter, KC Public Health is looking for an Admin Support Supervisor. With prior HR & supervisory experience, you can make a difference in the lives of many.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions

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Community vaccination events offer food trucks, live music and more from Executive Services Express

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