Human Resources Office

COVID-19 Information for Employees

How does sick time and leave work if I'm impacted?

Governor Jay Inslee announced, and the Office of Financial Management provided extra support and guidance, for workers and business impacted by COVID-19. SPSCC is working within these rules and is exploring all possible options to keep employees and students safe and healthy while maintaining operations. Here are the highlights: 

If you have symptoms of fever and cough or shortness of breath, without known exposure or positive test for COVID-19:

  • Stay home for 72 hours after your fever is gone and symptoms have improved.
  • Use accrued leave (sick, vacation, etc.) in accordance with policies, procedures, and applicable bargaining agreements. 

If you are concerned about underlying high risk conditions that make you susceptible to COVID-19:

  • Work with your supervisor to explore telecommuting options, with input from your healthcare provider. 

If you are required to self-quarantine based on CDC prevention guidelines, but are otherwise healthy:

  • Work with your supervisor to explore telecommuting options. 
  • If telecommuting options are not available, you will be released on Administrative Leave (release with pay for no longer than 14 days).
  • If telecommuting options are available and you decline to work, you must use accrued leave or be in "leave without pay" status for the time of self-quarantine.

If you contract or test positive for COVID-19:

  • If you have symptoms of fever and cough or shortness of breath, and your health provider is requesting you be tested, stay home. During this time, you will be on Administrative Leave (release with pay).
  • If your test is positive, you will use your accrued leave in accordance with policies, procedures, and applicable bargaining agreements.
  • If you have exhausted all of your available leave (sick, vacation, etc.) you can access the Emergency Shared Leave Pool.
  • Stay home until you are cleared to return to work by your healthcare provider.

What is the Emergency Shared Leave Pool?

  • In an effort to keep those impacted “whole” during their recovery, SPSCC is implementing an Emergency Shared Leave Pool.
  • If you are interested in donating to transfer leave, please complete the Emergency Shared Leave Pool Donation form on the HR webpage.
Can I still travel for work?
  • All travel outside of the U.S. is canceled through the end of Fall Quarter 2020.
  • Travel to NCORE in New York is canceled for staff and faculty.
  • Conference registrations requiring travel are on hold through the end of Fall Quarter 2020. No new registrations are permitted if travel is required, even if travel is in-state.
  • Changes to existing travel plans within the U.S. should be discussed by the employee and their supervisor.
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Our Mission
The Human Resources Department is committed to working with the diverse South Puget Sound Community College community in identifying and responding to its changing needs. Our goal is to be a valued resource and a partner in reaching the College goals by providing leadership, training, expertise and excellent customer service. We strive to create a positive work and learning environment for employees and students and provide leadership and guidance in the development, implementation, and equitable administration of college policies, contracts and procedures.

Questions for HR?  Send us an email:

Human Resources Office Staff:      

Samantha Dotson
Chief Human Resource Officer
Title IX Officer

  • Labor Relations
  • Employee Relations
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Labor Contract Negotiations WFSE & AFT
  • Title IX Complaints
  • Discrimination Complaints

Lacy Neal
Human Resource Consultant
Benefits & Compensation

  • Medical, Dental, Insurance, and Retirement Benefits
  • New Employee Orientations
  • Coordination of benefits between SPSCC and state agencies
  • Shared Leave and FMLA administration
  • Sick Leave Buyout Payments
  • Unemployment Claims
  • L&I Claims for Work-Related Injuries
  • Workplace Investigations

Karen Hensley
Fiscal Analyst 2- Payroll Coordinator

  • VOE- Verification of Employment
  • Payroll questions
  • Part-Time hourly classified and Student employee timesheets
  • Overtime Pay for Classified, Part-Time Classified and Student employees.
  • Questions related to pay submissions
  • Garnishments and Deductions
  • W-2 and tax reconciliation

Lynn Dignan
Human Resource Consultant
Public Records Coordinator

  • Labor Relations & Classification
  • Faculty and Classified Contract Administration
  • Classified Salary Increments
  • ITPS Coordinator
  • Exempt Evaluations
  • Position Review Requests
  • Public Records Requests
  • HR Policies & Procedures Steward
  • Seniority and RIF Lists
  • Official Transcript coordinator

Natalie Eaton
Human Resource Consultant
Workforce Development & Recruitment

  • Recruitment & Hiring
  • NEOGOV Applicant System Coordinator
  • Full-time Appointment/hire letters
  • Screening Committees
  • Exempt Position Descriptions
  • Background Checks
  • Workforce Development
  • Classified PDP's
  • Classified Position Descriptions

Kamber Smith
HR Consultant Assistant 2

  • New Employee Paperwork (I-9, W-4, Retirement)
  • Address changes, W-4, and Direct Deposit Forms
  • Professional Development Training Funds
  • Time & Leave Processing
  • TLR Timesheets for Classified Employees
  • Comp Time and Overtime for Classified Employees



South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. SPSCC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. SPSCC is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population.  We strongly encourage prospective employees to apply without regard to race, color, religion,  sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status.  South Puget Sound Community College is a drug-free workplace.

Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to assisting our employees by offering Employee Assistance Program resources to help employees and their families cope and thrive through the financial and emotional challenges that we all face. The EAP uses the internet to provide you and your family with information and resources to find positive outcomes in difficult times. The EAP can help with work, home or family life issues and everything remains confidential.

For example, here are some common situations where you may just need someone to talk to:

  • You need to have a difficult conversation with your employee or boss and are are looking for coaching.
  • Your teenager is heading a direction that makes you nervous and you feel at a loss for what to do.
  • You are looking for resources to help you and your aging parents make life decisions.
  • Your work-life balance seems out-of-balance and you are getting concerned.
  • Your relationship with your partner seems to be struggling more than it should be.
  • You can't figure out if you are being bullied by someone or if it's just you.

Employees can contact the EAP at any time for assistance. Using the service is no cost to the employee, and all contact is held confidential and is not reported to the employer.

For additional information or assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 360-596-5500; or contact the Employee Assistance Program directly at 360-753-3260 or toll free at 877-313-4455.