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AB 1655 And AB 2596 – Designate Juneteenth (June 19), The Lunar New Year, And Genocide Remembrance Day, As State Holidays
AB 1655 and AB 2596 together add three dates to the list of holidays officially recognized by the state of California.
AB 1655 adds June 19, known as “Juneteenth.” AB 2596 adds the Lunar New Year and Genocide Remembrance Day. The Lunar New Year is defined as the date corresponding with the second new moon following the winter solstice, or the third new moon following the winter solstice should an intercalary month intervene. Genocide Remembrance Day is April 24.
These bills do not directly affect employers other than the state unless an employer has existing policies or labor agreements that incorporate the list of state holidays by reference.
(AB 1655 amends Sections 37220, 45203, 79020, and 88203 of the Education Code, and amends Sections 6700, 19853, and 19853.1 of the Government Code.)