Working during COVID-19

Exemption for temporary hourly staff hours limits during COVID-19 crisis

Updated May 25, 2020

Effective immediately, temporary hourly staff employees working in critical positions essential to maintain safe hospital and institutional operations during the COVID-19 state of emergency period are exempt from the UW’s 950-hour limit and the state’s 1,050-hour maximum. In addition, temporary employees who previously hit an hours maximum may be rehired to fill vacant positions that meet the critical position criteria.

This exemption to WAC 357-04-045 was approved by the director of human resources for the State of Washington.

The Temporary Employment Monitoring Tool will be updated to turn off the 500- and 750-hour limit alert messages and will provide information regarding the exemption for critical positions on all alerts at higher hours thresholds.

Departments should continue to only work temporary hourly employees up to the maximums outlined in the UW’s Temporary Employment Program if they are not performing work critical to public and institutional safety. Please contact your HR consultant with questions.

Upon expiration of Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation 20-25, temporary hourly employees who have exceeded the state’s 1,050-hour maximum will no longer be able to work in a temporary hourly capacity until they have passed the anniversary of their original temporary employment date. Likewise, upon expiration of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation, departments should follow the normal extension request process described in the UW’s temporary employment program to request extensions for temporary hourly positions exceeding the institutional 950-hour limit.