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Workers get floating holiday for Juneteenth

Bank of Hawaii will give each of its employees a floating holiday after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a new federal holiday.

Because the holiday falls on a weekend and some bank branches are scheduled for business, employees will be allowed to coordinate their day off with pay anytime throughout the remainder of the year, the bank said in a news release Friday.

“Juneteenth is a symbolic day, one that is culturally important to so many Americans, and Bank of Hawaii is committed to supporting our employees with the time needed to reflect,” said Peter Ho, chairman, president and CEO of Bank of Hawaii.

Patrick McGuirk, Bank of Hawaii chief general counsel, will also be participating in a free webinar, “A Conservation on Race in Hawaii — The Future: We Must Respond,” along with Justin Koller, Kauai prosecuting attorney; Akiemi Glenn, executive director of the Popolo Project; Michelle Kauhane, senior vice president of community grants and investments for the Hawaii Community Foundation; and Dean Camille Nelson of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law.

To register for the free webinar at 5 p.m. July 15, visit bankoh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vWEnSvlQTviRMv1xjRrBPQ.

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