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Juneteenth a Paid Day Off? Companies Scramble to Figure It Out

A new federal holiday doesn't necessarily mean U.S. employees will get the day off. 

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Biden Makes Juneteenth a National Holiday

Now that Juneteenth is officially a federal holiday -- and many U.S. government employees have Friday off -- companies and state and local governments are under increasing pressure to craft policies and plans to commemorate the day not just this year, on hasty notice, but beyond.

Dozens of companies such as TikTok, Uber Technologies Inc. and Mastercard Inc. gave employees paid time off for Juneteenth for the first time last year, amid nationwide racial justice protests. This year, once again, many of the workplaces offering a day off appear to be white collar offices, tech, and media companies.