Over the past week, more U.S. companies have announced that starting in 2020 they will recognize Juneteenth as a paid company holiday. Some well-known companies include Nike, Twitter, Square, Postmates and the National Football League. These announcements come after many companies experience work stoppages, recently, in honor of George Floyd, whose death has sparked nationwide demonstrations and protests demanding racial justice. 

What is Juneteenth? 

On June 19, 1865, Gen. Gordon Granger arrived with Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas, and announced to enslaved Africans Americans that the Civil War had ended, and they were free. Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day, Juneteenth has been marked as an American holiday which has been growing in recognition and will be celebrated this Friday. 

What can you do to support the Juneteenth celebration? 

  • Send communication to your team highlighting the significance of the holiday 
  • Invite a guest speaker to share their story and spark the conversation 
  • Designate a volunteer day to allow your teams to give back to the community 
  • Consider allowing employees PTO or Partial time off to celebrate 
  • Consider adding Juneteenth as a Paid Company Holiday in 2021 and on 

How can Wurk help me with this?

  • Brush up or build a company Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 
  • Communication templates and examples 
  • Add Juneteenth to your Wurk platform as a Paid Holiday 

 Additional resources can be found here: 

HR Resource Center: How to Increase Diversity in Your Recruiting and Hiring Process 
HR Resource Center: Video Fostering Diversity in the Workplace 
(Free access to the HR Resource Center with Essentials & Signature Packages) 

NBC News: What to know about Juneteenth The Emancipation Holiday 

Juneteenth.com: How to Celebrate in the Workplace 

SHRM: How to develop a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 

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