Happy Labor Day!
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION |
Labor Day is the first Monday in September of each year. But, other than a day off, which many of us use to spend time with friends and family, what is Labor Day all about?
Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It’s an annual national tribute to the contributions workers have made and continue to make to the strength, prosperity and wellbeing of the United States.
Over the years, the nation has given increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinance passed in 1885 and 1886. From there, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. That year, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York – created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade, Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.
At RSM, we understand the importance of balancing work and life commitments, and we encourage our people to use the Labor Day holiday – along with other national holidays and paid-time-off benefits – to refresh, rejuvenate and reconnect with family and friends. Our people are our greatest asset, and we know that our people are at their best when their work and personal lives are balanced. When that happens, they’re best positioned to provide the world-class services that our middle market clients have come to expect.
On behalf of RSM’s Family First employee network group (ENG) and the rest of our nearly 10,000 people nationwide, we wish you and yours a very Happy Labor Day!
Assurance Senior Manager and National Leader, Family First Employee Network Group
Family First serves as an active voice around shared family challenges and promoting an inclusive, respectful workplace.