State of Alaska, Department of Administration, Division of Personnel and Labor Relations

General Government Unit (GGU) Employees

The new leave provisions for GGU bargaining unit members (contained in the July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016 GGU contract) are covered below:

Maximum Accumulation of Leave

Effective December 16, 2013 the maximum accumulation of leave is 1000 hours on December 15th of each year. Department heads may allow an employee to carry over more than 1000 hours if the employee was unable to reduce accrued leave hours due to extenuating circumstances as defined in articles 25.01.F (Annual Program) and 26.01.D (Personal Program) of the GGU contract.

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Exemption from Maximum Accumulation of Leave

A bargaining unit member with an annual or personal leave balance greater than 400 hours on December 16, 2013 will be exempt from the maximum accumulation of leave until the memberís leave balance is equal to or less than 400 hours on December 16th of any subsequent year.

Note: Division Directors or their designee will notify employees with leave balances greater than 400 hours. Employees may also obtain their leave balance as of December 16, 2013 from their paystub for the pay period ending December 15, 2013 or by calling the Employee Call Center at 465-3009.

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Mandatory Leave Requirements

On December 16, 2013 any bargaining unit member with an annual or personal leave balance greater than 400 hours will be required to use 112.5 hours of leave in the 2014 leave year (from December 16, 2013 to December 15, 2014).

On December 16, 2013 any bargaining unit member with an annual or personal leave balance equal to or less than 400 hours will be required to use 75 hours of leave in the 2014 leave year (from December 16, 2013 to December 15, 2014).

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Flextime Credits and Mandatory Leave

The use of flextime credits do not count toward the mandatory leave requirements. In addition, flextime credits cannot be used until the mandatory leave requirements have been met.

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Leave Cash-in Hours Counting Toward Mandatory Leave

Leave cashed in can only reduce the mandatory leave requirement by 37.5 hours.

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Leave Cash-in Limits

Leave cash-ins are limited to six per calendar year.

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Leave (Cash Value)

The value of leave for bargaining unit members hired for the first time into leave accruing positions on or after July 1, 2013 will be cash value. This means that the value of their leave is determined by their Annualized Hour Rate (AHR) of pay at the beginning of the pay period in which the leave was accrued. The cash value of leave will be used when a bargaining unit member cashes in leave and for leave payouts when a member separates from State service. When GGU cash value bargaining unit members use leave during a pay period, their leave will be valued at their current salary or hourly rate of pay.

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Leave Accrual Rates

For bargaining unit members hired for the first time into leave accruing positions on or after July 1, 2013 the following accrual rates will apply:

Years of Service Hours Earned Each Pay Period
0-2 6.56
2-5 7.5
5-10 8.44
10-15 9.38
15+ 11.25

For bargaining unit members hired for the first time into leave accruing positions on or after July 1, 2013 and assigned to forty (40) hour workweeks the following accrual rates will apply:

Years of Service Hours Earned Each Pay Period
0-2 7.00
2-5 8.00
5-10 9.00
10-15 10.00
15+ 12.00

Note: The accrual rates for employees hired before July 1, 2013 remain unchanged.

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Floating Holiday Credit (15 Years of Service)

Bargaining unit members (hired before July 1, 2013) with 15 or more years of leave accruing service on July 16th of a given year will receive a floating holiday credit of 7.5 hours in the pay period ending July 31st providing the employee is in pay status the working day before and after the holiday or actually worked on the holiday.

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