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Employers: take note that Juneteenth is now an official state holiday in Massachusetts.

The June 19 holiday celebrates the day that news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the former confederate states. The 1863 proclamation outlawed slavery in the United States, yet news of the law did not reach the South for some time. Union General Gordon Granger read the proclamation from the balcony of the former confederate army outpost in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, two months after the confederate surrender at Appomattox and nearly two years after the President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation. …

Michael Loconto

Boston, MA attorney and consultant specializing in labor and employment law, dispute resolution and government relations.

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