No more sick day pay outs for muni workers 

Change part of wider look at costs inside the hall

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Municipal employees will no longer get paid out for unused sick days when they stop working for Whistler's local government.

"That benefit has been eliminated," confirmed municipal CAO Mike Furey this week.

The change is effective at the end of an 18-month notice period, which began in March 2013.

Where once employees could bank sick days, with one half of the bank payable upon leaving, that benefit will be ending effective October, 2014.

It is not clear just how much the municipality will save with this change but that was the driving force behind eliminating the benefit.

The change was highlighted in the Notes to Financial Statements, included in Tuesday's council package.

Councillor Roger McCarthy, who sits on the Human Resources Standing Committee, said this decision was part of wider discussions around staff and costs/benefits.

"Like everybody else in the world we've just got to keep an eye on our cost structure," he said.

"We continue to be on offensive. That's manifesting itself in a whole variety of ways."

The change impacts the hundreds of non-union staff who are governed by the Employee Handbook, a legal document outlining the terms of employment.

Said Furey: "This is part of broader set of ongoing negotiations with employees. I don't want to offer any further comments, as these negotiations are not complete."



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