Memorandum on Juneteenth

Today, President Joe Biden signed into law legislation establishing June 19 as “Juneteenth National Independence Day”, a U.S. federal holiday, effective immediately. Federal agencies will be recognizing Friday, June 18, 2021 as “Juneteenth Day Holiday,” since June 19, 2021 falls on a Saturday.

On June 16, 2021, Governor David lge signed SB 939 – Relating to Juneteenth Day. The intent of SB 939 is to establish June 19th of each year as a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States and to honor and recognize the significant roles and contributions of African Americans in the history of the United States. Under SB 939, June 19th is not a State Holiday.

RCUH employees working in a federal facility should check with their Principal Investigators today (June 17) regarding how the Juneteenth Day Holiday may affect their work schedules.

Principal Investigators should refer to the attached “Unforeseen Disruption in Work Schedules” for guidance, or follow how you handle the federal Columbus Day Holiday.

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