Published:  June 18, 2021

On Thursday afternoon the President signed legislation making June 19, Juneteenth, a federal holiday. The legislation gives a paid day off to most federal employees. As the 19th falls on a Saturday this year, most federal employees are observing the holiday on Friday.

A new federal holiday does not necessarily give private-sector, state, and local employers the day off. Employers can decide whether to follow the federal governments lead and observe the holiday. With the abrupt arrival of the holiday, industries that rely on federal regulators such as banking are scrambling to react. This year, it is a mixed bag, with some employers taking the day off, some closing early, and others staying open.

For any questions about how this new holiday might affect you, please contact any of the attorneys at Royal Law Firm.

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