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

Updated March 16, 2022

Temporary hourly staff employees working in positions essential to maintain University and hospital 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 until June 30, 2022. Until that date, temporary hourly staff 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 on March 16, 2022 and is valid until June 30, 2022.

Approval process

Medical centers positions are considered essential to maintaining safe hospital 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.

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

All other hour thresholds

Departments should follow the normal extension request process described in the UW’s temporary employment program to request extensions to exceed the institutional 950-hour limit.