Target, Starbucks, Best Buy among companies celebrating Juneteenth with paid time off

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On Thursday, President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, honoring the attested end of slavery in the United States in 1865.

Amid the new legislation and recent wave of discussions about racial injustice, major companies across the country are celebrating the holiday by giving employees paid time off (PTO) or holiday pay.

More than 460 companies are observing Juneteenth, according to USA Today, including some companies who are participating this year for the first time.

Here are ways some companies are showing support for Juneteenth.

T-Mobile

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The mobile communications company made Juneteenth a paid company holiday for the first time this year.

“It is the result of the great feedback from our employees about what T-Mobile can do to effect positive change inside and outside our walls,” Mike Sievert, CEO, told USA Today.

Yelp

This is the first year the review app made Juneteenth a paid holiday.  The company said it will observe the holiday on Friday, June 18.

“Myself and other Yelp executives conducted a series of listening sessions to hear from our Black employees and discovered the areas where we can and must do better,” Miriam Warren, Yelp’s chief diversity officer, said in a statement. “Stemming from those conversations, we realized the importance of giving our employees the space to observe Juneteenth as a global paid holiday.”

Home Depot

The company has planned a series of events and celebrations for its associates and will host a virtual event for all associates to come together and talk openly, a spokesperson told USA Today.

Starbucks