Working during COVID-19

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

Updated April 14, 2021

Effective immediately until June 30, 2021, 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.

Approval process

Medical centers positions are considered essential to maintaining safe hospital and institutional operations and managers may choose whether to allow a temporary hourly employee to exceed 1,050 hours. Campus positions may meet exception criteria. Campus departments should contact their HR consultant to request approval for a campus temporary hourly employee to exceed 1,050 hours, providing justification for the exemption request.

Departments should continue to work temporary hourly employees only 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.

The Temporary Employment Monitoring Tool and associated alerts continue to provide information regarding hours worked at higher hours thresholds.

Upon expiration of exemption

Effective July 1, 2021, 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. Upon expiration of the exemption, 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.