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CL-2452 New Business   Item #: D.       
Meeting Date: 11/17/2020  
Subject:    Junteenth Holiday
From: Sara Weller

Business Meeting:     11/17/2020
Governor Northam signed a bill in October 2020 making Juneteenth an official permanent holiday in the Commonwealth of Virginia. With City Council's approval, the City will establish Juneteenth as an observed employee holiday. 
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Jubilee Day, and Emancipation Day, is celebrated on June 19th of each year.  The holiday honors and celebrates the day in 1865 when the last remaining enslaved persons in the former Confederate states were emancipated.

Governor Northam granted the Juneteenth holiday to State employees in June 2020.  At that time, the City of Danville granted employees a floating holiday to observe Juneteenth in 2020. In October 2020, Governor Northam signed a bill making Juneteenth a permanent holiday in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Given this recognition by the Commonwealth, the City of Danville recommends establishing Juneteenth as an observed employee holiday. 

City holidays are established by City Council through the Personnel System Ordinance. Section 5.23.1. Designation of Holiday is attached and reflects the required change for establishing Juneteenth as a holiday. Currently, the City observes the following holidays:
New Year's Day Columbus Day                  
Martin Luther King Day Veterans Day
Easter Monday 1/2 day the Day before Thanksgiving
George Washington Day Thanksgiving Day and the day after
Memorial Day  Christmas Eve
Fourth of July Christmas Day
Labor Day Employee Birthday
It is recommended that City Council adopt the attached ordinance establishing Juneteenth as an observed holiday for City of Danville employees. 

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