Rights & Rules

You may be covered by several employment rights and rules:

There are many additional policies and rights for employees and employers to follow, a few have been highlighted above.

You may fall under more than one category of representation; below you can learn more about each category. For example, you may be a represented, classified employee.


All positions in the employ of Snohomish County who are not exempted by chapters 3A.13 and 3.68 SCC. This may also be termed classified staff service.

Management exempt

  • Title 3 chapters 3.68 and 3.69 of the county code


Upon hire, a represented employee becomes part of a bargaining unit represented by a Union. All union negotiation and bargaining is certified under the Public Employment Relations Commission.

Civil Service

All positions under the Sheriff's Office are covered by Civil Service Rules (PDF).

Labor Relations

Labor and Employee Relations is responsible for:

  • Collective bargaining
  • Compliance and contract administration
  • Advising departments in grievance matters
  • Interpreting and applying labor laws - This includes interpreting Personnel Rules and other ordinances; State and Federal Law interpretation or application; discipline consultation and routine problem resolution. The purpose is to lead and direct the conduct of labor negotiations in accordance with policy guidelines established by the executive and council. SCC 2.600.050 (7).
Jenny from Human Services

"I love my job and appreciate the opportunities and benefits that Snohomish County has provided for me and my family."
- Jenny, Human Services