"On Tuesday March 8, 2011 I along with the Police and Fire Chiefs met with members of the DeKalb County Human Resources Department concerning possible changes to our leave accrual policy. During the meeting, there were no discussions of a use it or lose it system being implemented. They only discussed revisions including the maximum amount of annual leave hours that could be carried over from year to year and the rate at which an employee accrues annual leave. Our sick time will not be taken away. There is no additional information at this time. This was only a preliminary discussion concerning the topic and there have been no final decisions made. You will be updated as information is made available.""During the meeting, there were no discussions of a use it or lose it system being implemented." So? Just because it wasn't discussed doesn't mean plans are not being made.
"They only discussed revisions including the maximum amount of annual leave hours that could be carried over from year to year and the rate at which an employee accrues annual leave."
Currently, annual leave in the excess of 480 hours is converted to sick leave at the end of the calender year. Unused sick leave can be applied towards "years of service". For example: If you have 29 years of service and 2080 hours (one year) of sick leave, you can retire with 30 years of service, one year early. This has been a long standing benefit to those dedicated employees who come to work every day, especially to those who make it to work during inclement weather.
Wiz's statement only creates more questions. Exactly what revisions are going to be made? Any reduction of carried over annual leave will directly effect retirement. Isn't it the current goal to get people out the door as soon as possible?
And what will the rate of accrual of vacation time be changed to? Currently we get 10 hours per month, or 120 hours (3 weeks) depending on time of service. They could change it to say, 40 hours (one week) per year?
Bend over folks, because here it comes. Smells like "use it or lose it" to us. Wiz would have been better off keeping his mouth shut or simply leaving it attached to Burrell's butt.