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.

2019 Changes to the Administrative Guidelines for the Career Service

On April 16, 2019, the Pierce County Council passed Ordinance 2019-11, which caused the current changes to the Administrative Guidelines for the Career Service to become effective on May 2, 2019. The majority of changes are to bring County policy in line with State Initiative 1433 regarding paid sick leave. All changes were provided to union representative and department directors for input in November 2018.

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.

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

  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 current policy definition of Standard Work Day; Chapter 3.30, update to sick leave cash-out for laid-off County employees.

2018 Changes to the Administrative Guidelines for the Career Service
On June 12, 2018, the Pierce County Council passed Ordinance 2018-26s, which caused the current changes to the Administrative Guidelines for the Career Service to become effective on July 1, 2018.

3.67 Family And Medical Leave
3.81 Military Service

2016 Changes to the Administrative Guidelines for the Career Service
On December 13, 2016, the Pierce County Council passed Ordinance 2016-84, which caused the current changes to the Administrative Guidelines for the Career Service to become effective on December 29, 2016.

Prior to approval by the County Council, these changes were reviewed by department directors and union representatives. These changes are a result of recent changes in law as well as other changes that update and clarify guideline language.

The most recent changes are summarized as follows:

3.08 Definitions
3.13 Domestic Violence In The Workplace
3.14 Whistleblower Protection
3.15 Workplace Safety And Violence Prevention
3.16 Equal Employment Opportunity
3.28 Certification And Appointment
3.52 Working Conditions
3.67 Family And Medical Leave
3.68 Sick Leave
3.69 Humanitarian Catastrophic Leave Bank
3.70 Shared Sick Leave Program
3.72 Vacation Leave
3.76 Leave Of Absence With Pay
3.80 Leave Of Absence Without Pay
3.81 Military Service