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Project Hire

These guides show how service credit and seniority are calculated, how the order of layoff is determined, what options employees have, and how reinstatement works.

Project Hire services available to employees who are at-risk of layoff or who have been laid off.
Special Note: The City’s Personnel Rules and Collective Bargaining Agreements specify that eligibility for Project Hire and for Reinstatement shall continue for one year from the date of layoff. By a Memorandum Of Understanding between the City and the Coalition Of Unions, and by Ordinance, the eligibility period for all employees has been extended to two years. All references in these guidelines and FAQs to the one year period of eligibility should be interpreted as a two year period of eligibility.
For employees who are leaving the City, this guide answers questions about options for benefits and retirement. If your spouse or domestic partner is covered by a benefit plan, your loss of job should allow you to be added without waiting for an open enrollment period.
The Employee Assistance Program can provide counseling, assessment, and referral services on a variety of issues. Each employee is entitled to six counseling sessions per year, including up to three months after you have been laid off.
The Emergency Assistance for Seattle Employees program can provide support and financial assistance in times of great need.
Employment Security – how to apply for unemployment benefits and obtain employment and training services in conjunction with the Rapid Response Team of the King County Labor Council.
Current City of Seattle job openings. Make sure to push the Job Opportunities tab to view positions that are posted publicly, and the Opportunities For Advancement tab to view positions that are posted internally only for City employees.

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Reinstatement – Your rights to return to City employment.