The Eaglecrest Ski Area’s board of directors approved proposed modifications Wednesday that would make the ski area’s employee leave policy consistent with that of other city employees.
The changes would switch Eaglecrest employees over from accruing annual and sick leave to instead receiving personal leave, as other employees of the City and Borough of Juneau do. If the Assembly assents, employees’ annual leave will be converted to personal leave at a one-to-one ratio, while their sick leave will be banked.
Personal leave accrues more quickly than annual leave in the city’s system. Matt Lillard, Eaglecrest’s general manager, said that was key to getting Eaglecrest’s year-round employees, the only ones affected by the policy, on board with the change.
“They wanted to start accruing at the personal leave rate, the higher rate,” Lillard said.
At the meeting, board member Dave Audet initially proposed 50 percent of employees’ accrued sick leave should be converted to personal leave.
“I think that rewarding good employees who don’t abuse sick leave is appropriate,” said Audet.
Lillard said no employees had raised that issue.
“With this rule change now, they’re not losing anything, because the sick leave has no cash value to them right now,” Lillard said. “So their annual leave does have cash value, like their personal leave will going forward. So that conversion on a one-to-one basis is ultimately what they’re looking for, and the fact that they’re not losing access to the sick leave. It’s just being converted.”
“If they’re OK with it … I guess I’m OK with it,” Audet replied.
The board unanimously approved the policy changes.
Assembly Member Karen Crane, liaison to the Eaglecrest board, said the Assembly is expected to take up the issue next Monday. The Assembly must approve any changes in the policy in order for them to take effect.
“I think (the proposed change is) bringing Eaglecrest in line with the rest of the borough employees, so I don’t foresee a problem,” Crane said.
Eaglecrest is the last city division remaining on the annual and sick leave system. All other city departments and agencies have already switched over to the personal leave system.
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