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Posted on May 31, 2022
June includes the astrological beginning of the summer when the solstice occurs at 5:14 am EDT on Tuesday, June 21. The solstice is the longest day of the year as measured by daylight.
June is LGBTQIA Pride Month
Many communities and workplaces across the country hold activities recognizing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual pride month. Pre-pandemic there were many public activities celebrating the month, and many may resume in full this year. Bill Clinton was the first U.S. President to officially recognize Pride Month in 1999.
Employers can create a welcoming environment for employees who celebrate this month by ensuring that their diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts encompass employees who identify as LGBTQIA. There are many websites offering different strategies for employers to establish and maintain a supportive environment. A few examples of strategies include:
Research will help you to identify other strategies and activities to promote LGBTQIA inclusion that may be more appropriate or relevant to your particular workplace.
National Forklift Safety Day (June 14)
The second Tuesday in June marks National Forklift Safety Day.
In 2014, the Industrial Truck Association founded the day to highlight the safe use of forklifts. The observance serves as an annual reminder of the value of training and equipment checks in every industry that relies on forklifts. The day also provides opportunities for manufacturing, warehouses, logistics, and other industries that rely on forklifts to reassess their forklift training and safety guidelines.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), forklift-related injuries have increased since 2011. The data below highlights why paying attention to forklift safety should be a 365-day year initiative, not just one day.
Training is an important factor in reducing the number of injuries and deaths. The type of forklift, the material being moved, and the facility where they work also impacts the type of training an operator needs.
There are several ways to act in support of forklift safety:
Employers looking for more information about how to improve safety in the workplace can reach out to their workers compensation carrier and the Massachusetts workplace safety and health program. The state program offers Massachusetts employers a free consultation service designed to help recognize and control possible safety and health hazards at their worksites and assist in training employees. More information is available here.
Juneteenth (June 19th)
Juneteenth is the newest state and federal holiday. The holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States in the 1865 following the Civil War. In the U.S., the federal government and 49 states, including Massachusetts, officially recognize the day.
Legislation creating the Juneteenth law in Massachusetts was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2020. Juneteenth is one of the premium-pay holidays, which means that if a retail employer opens on Juneteenth, it must provide its employees premium pay (currently 1.1 times the employee’s hourly wage) for every hour worked that day. Premium pay for all holidays ceases in 2023 and an employee will only need to be paid their regular hourly wage for that day.
Juneteenth falls on a Sunday in 2022 meaning that under Massachusetts law the holiday is celebrated on the following Monday, June 20. State offices, schools and other public institutions are closed that day. Private employers may elect to close or open that day. Please see the AIM holiday calendar on the website for more detailed discussion about compliance with this holiday.
National Take Your Dog to Work Day
The Friday after Father’s Day is National Take Your Dog to Work Day. This year the date is June 24.
Are there benefits to having a dog by your side all day? Below are some of the pros and cons for companies considering adopting this policy.
Pros of Pet-Friendly Policies
The celebration originated in the United Kingdom in 1996. Then in 1999, Pet Sitters International founded the first Take Your Dog to Work Day in the United States.
See you in July.