Nebraska State Offices to close Friday in observation of Juneteenth

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 1:43 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state offices will close Friday in anticipation of a new federal law that will establish Juneteenth as a recognized government holiday.

Gov. Pete Ricketts ordered the closure to comply with a state law that grants the same paid holiday benefits to state employees.

State employees will receive a paid day of leave. Exceptions may include law enforcement, security, military and state employees engaged in other essential functions.

The governor’s office said in a press release that all workers should receive official instruction from their agency director or personnel representative. Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865.

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