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Juneteenth Becomes a Federal Holiday

President Biden has made Juneteenth (June 19) a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

Private employers may choose to close for the day or offer premium pay, but no federal law requires that they do so. Some employers in Massachusetts, however, are already subject to work and pay requirements on Juneteenth. See the MA Holidays Laws page for more information. Federal contractors and employers that are subject to prevailing wage laws should refer to their contract to determine their obligations.


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