New Employees

Welcome to Pierce County and congratulations on your new position! Eligible employees receive a comprehensive benefits package that takes good care of you and promotes your continued health, financial security, and peace of mind.

Family benefit changes

You will learn more about your benefit options when you attend New Employee Orientation. At orientation, you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and learn how to enroll in health insurance and retirement benefits. 

Waiting period

Eligibility requirements and benefit coverage effective dates are defined by each employee's benefit group:  

PEBB Group

Non-represented employees, District Court Judges &
Represented: 120J, 120W, 612S, U612, C28PSS employees

As a new hire, all of your PEBB benefits will begin on the first day of the month following your hire date. 

If your hire date is the first working day of the month, PEBB benefits begin on that day.

Teamsters Group

Represented employees: 117A, 117C, 1889, 1889CS, 3752CN, 3752LT, CAPTASSN, CWA37083, JUVG, PCC, PPAA, U120, U17A, U17S, U297, U313, U483

Most employees covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement are eligible for medical benefits in accordance with the WA Teamsters Trust "lag month" system.

To become eligible for WA Teamsters Welfare Trust medical coverage, you must first be an active employee for a minimum of 80 hours in one month. The following month (or "lag month"), the County and the employee will make their share of the premium payment, for coverage effective the 1st day of the following month.

Employees are eligible for dental, life and disability coverage beginning the 1st day of the month following 30 days of employment. When the first day of employment is the first working day of the month, employees are eligible for coverage beginning the 1st day of following month.      

Enrollment Timeframe

PEBB Group

Pierce County Benefits office must receive all enrollment forms and valid dependent verification documents no later than 31 days after your hire date.   

Failure to submit all required enrollment forms and valid dependent verification documents within the 31 day enrollment period will result in the Health Care Authority (HCA) defaulting you into UMP Classic medical plan and Uniform Dental Plan as subscriber only. You will also be defaulted into the Tobacco Surcharge. 

Teamsters Group

Pierce County Benefits office must receive your Washington Teamsters Welfare Trust medical enrollment form and valid dependent verification documents no later than 31 days after your hire date.

The Workday enrollment portion must also be completed and submitted no later than 31 days after your hire date.

Plans available

PEBB Benefits Overview Video

Teamsters Benefits Overview Video

Enrollment Forms 

Teamsters Group

Medical (required to complete) 

All other benefits enrollment is done in Workday. 

Dependent Eligibility

Employees may enroll eligible family members on their benefit coverage upon hire, within 30 days of a "qualifying life event," or during the County’s annual Open Enrollment period. Employees are required to provide documentation supporting dependent eligibility upon enrollment.  

Dependents you can enroll in PEBB Benefits:

  • Spouse
  • State-registered domestic partner
  • Children (including children of your spouse, children whose support is your legal obligation in anticipation of adoption, children of your state-registered domestic partner, and children specified in a court order or divorce decree for whom you have a legal obligation to provide support or health care coverage.

Dependent Documentation Required

Other forms that may be requred:

PEBB Declaration of Tax Status Form

PEBB Certification of a Child with a Disability Form

PEBB Extended Dependent Certification Form

For more information on dependent eligibility: 

Dependents you can enroll in Teamsters Benefits:

  • Spouse
  • Domestic partner (additional documentation required)
  • Children (including adopted children, step children, children placed with you for adoption, children for whom you are the court-appointed guardian).

Dependent Documentation Required

Pierce County Affidavit of Marriage/Domestic Partnership


Email: [email protected] 

Phone: (253) 798-7479
Phone: (253) 798-7462

8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Mailing Address:
955 Tacoma Ave S # 303, Tacoma, WA 98402