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The 15 Minute Issue is Back!

A recent State Auditor Report addressed the fact that WSH “cooks the books” with regard to attendance records to indicate that employees that work 7.75 hours ( 7 hours and 45 minutes) are recorded as having worked eight hours, even though they start to accrue overtime after 7.75 hours as overtime eligible employees.  Are you aware that working for fifteen minutes less per day than RN’s adds up to over eight less work days per year in time worked for those employees?  RN overtime starts to accrue only after 8 real hours, not 7.75 hours (off the books).  I am happy that this fraud is being exposed in the media.  Check out the media story at KUOW.ORG and listen to the report!


Call To Arms!

Yesterday late afternoon I received notification that DSHS intends to remove the ability to earn comp time for voluntary overtime:


The documents I received were the following:

  1. SEIU Comp Time
  2. BHSIA Attendance Policy
  3. SEIU Attendance Policy
  4. SEIU Staff Centralization
  5. SEIU Voluntary Overtime
  6. Labor Partners

A copy of each can be accessed by clicking on the above links.  SEIU will file a Demand to Bargain.  Please let me know what your thoughts are on this!

Get Microsoft Office Software as a DSHS Benefit!

I encourage all RN’s to take advantage of the below program.  It allows you to get the most current version of Microsoft Office on your personal computer at VERY little cost.  Please spread the word!

What is the Microsoft Home Use Program?

As part of an offering from Microsoft, DSHS is eligible to participate in the Home Use Program (HUP). This program enables eligible DSHS employees the opportunity to use a single licensed copy of Microsoft Office Suite to install and use on their personal home computer.

How does the Home Use Program work, what product can I purchase, and what is the cost?

This program allows you to use a licensed copy of the most current version of the Microsoft Office Suite for your personal home computer. There is no cost for HUP licenses; however, you will pay a small fee to download the software or to have media shipped to your home. When you order the Microsoft Office Suite, you will get an active single copy of that product to install for personal use on your home computer.

Disclaimer: HUP software is solely the responsibility of those participating employees and Microsoft, including but not limited to installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting questions. Registration assistance and technical support of these products on home personal computers will not be supplied by DSHS staff.


Please click the link below for more information.  (This is a DSHS intranet link, the link will not work unless you are accessing it using a DSHS computer.)


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