Working for The City of Puyallup

Regular-Status Employment

Those positions that entail the ongoing work of the City are designated as regular-status by the City Council and may be full-time (40 hours per week) or part-time (minimum of 20 hours or more per week, up to 39 hours).  The normal full-time workweek is 40 hours, Monday through Friday. However, some positions require weekend, shift, holiday or overtime work. 

Regular-status positions have a minimum threshold for eligibility of City group insurance benefits of 0.75 FTE, or 30 hours per week, unless otherwise provided for through collective bargaining agreements.  Regular-status positions have a minimum threshold for pro-rated eligibility of leave benefits (sick leave, vacation, and holidays) of 0.50 FTE, or 20 hours per week. 

Trial Service Period

Regular-status employment is subject to successful completion of a trial service (probationary) period of six months or as specified in the collective bargaining agreement.  The trial service period is a time during which either party may terminate the employment relationship at will for any reason without recourse to grievance or other appeal procedures. 

Temporary & Non-Benefit Employment

Temporary positions entail work that is temporary in nature, such as a short-term project, a seasonal project, or to fill a specific vacancy, regardless of part-time or full-time status.  Non-benefit positions are part-time, for 19 or fewer hours per week year-round.  Temporary and non-benefit employees receive no leave benefits or group insurance benefits unless otherwise provided through collective bargaining agreements.   

Drug-Free & Tobacco-Free Work Place

The City of Puyallup is a drug-free, tobacco-free work place. 

Union Affiliation

Some positions at the city are in a collective bargaining unit.


The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a Federal Law that provides eligible employees who work for covered employers the right to take a job protected, unpaid leave of absence.