OPM Issues Guidance on Juneteenth National Independence Day Holiday

Earlier today, the Office of Personnel Management issued guidance on the Juneteenth National Independence Day, which most federal employees will observe tomorrow, June 18.

The guidance comes as President Biden signed legislation this afternoon establishing June 19 as a federal holiday marking the anniversary of the end of slavery.

OPM’s memo addresses several topics for full- and part-time federal employees related to the holiday this year. The memo includes guidance on “in-lieu-of” holidays, holiday premium pay, previously scheduled paid leave and other related matters.

We encourage you to read through the guidance if you have any questions. The immediate implementation of the Juneteenth holiday has raised a number of questions particularly for employees on alternative or compressed schedules. Your agency may be providing additional information as well.