Administrative Guidelines

Administrative Guidelines for the Career Service


This document describes the various policies which apply to Pierce County employees. Bold text in the Guidelines document is codified as part of the Pierce County Code.
Examples of topics included are:
  • Benefits and leaves
  • Code of ethics
  • Domestic violence policy
  • Drug free workplace policy
  • Transfers, layoffs, and resignation

Exceptions


Most non-executive branch departments, including Superior Court, District Court, Juvenile Court, the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and the County Council have separate guidelines and policies which apply specifically to employees of the department.

2020 Changes to the Administrative Guidelines for the Career Service

On September 24, 2019, Pierce County Council passed Ordinance 2019-65, which caused the current changes to the Administrative Guidelines for the Career Service to become effective on January 1, 2020. These changes aligned the County's Health Benefits Eligibility Definitions with Applicable Regulations to Support the Purchase of Employee Benefits through the Washington State Health Care Authority Public Employee Benefits Board.

3.56 Health Insurance
The majority of the changes were to bring County policy in line with the purchase of PEBB benefits.

3.58 Life Insurance
The majority of the changes were to bring County policy in line with the purchase of PEBB benefits.

3.92 Expenses of Applicants for County Positions
Updates were made to improve recruitment and the efficiency of employment practices by increasing the moving expense reimbursement limit for positions requiring special experience and training.  New language increases the allowed amount to $7,000.

3.98 Domestic Partnership Benefits
The majority of the changes were to bring County policy in line with the purchase of PEBB benefits.

2019 Changes to the Administrative Guidelines for the Career Service


3.08 Definitions

Clarifies definition of “Employee” and brings County policy into compliance with State Initiative 1433.

3.40 Personnel Board Appeals
Brings County policy in line with State Initiative 1433.

3.52 Working Conditions – Conflict of Interest
Updates sick leave cash-out, buy-back and inclement weather policies as a result of State Initiative 1433.

3.67 Family and Medical Leave
Removes option to reserve vacation and/or sick leave at time of application for FMLA.

3.68 Sick Leave
Updates sick leave as a result of State Initiative 1433.

3.69 Humanitarian Catastrophic Leave
Brings program in line with State Initiative 1433.

3.70 Shared Sick Leave Program
Brings program in line with State Initiative 1433.

3.72 Vacation Leave
Language added to address payment of vacation leave for unpaid seasonal leave.

3.76 Leave of Absence With Pay
Brings bereavement leave policy in line with State Initiative 1433.

3.80 Leave of Absence Without Pay
Added authorization for e a leave of absence as unpaid seasonal leave.

3.92 Reimbursement of Expenses
Removes language for advance travel allowances to be in line with current County policy.

The following non-code changes were also made: Chapter 3.08, clarification of Standard Work Day; Chapter 3.30, update sick leave cash-out for laid-off County employees.