Monday, November 23, 2015

Have a legal Thanksgiving

Remember the military this Thanksgiving!  Many [including my #1 son] are celebrating far away from home and family.

Closer to home, my previous employer, while not technically "BigLaw", required at least a skeleton staff to work on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  I usually got that day off by volunteering to work Christmas Eve and/or New Year's Eve.  But, some attorneys ended up working all three of those days.

Here's a chart to help you, as a conscientious BigLaw attorney, determine whether you need to show up at work on the Friday after Thanksgiving:

BigLaw holiday decision tree - should I show up to work?

Those who aren't working that Friday, are usually shopping.  This day is called "Black Friday" because this is the day that retailers, operating in the red [losing money] all year, finally earn enough money to be operating in the black [making a profit].

Although -- the recent trend is for stores to open on Thanksgiving Day in the evening, requiring employees to cut short their Thanksgiving time with their families and head to work.

According to the Huffington Post, in 2013 Thanksgiving Day shopping was illegal in three states.

Rhode Island

These states prohibit large supermarkets, big box stores, and department stores from opening on Thanksgiving Day.  Stores allowed to open on Thanksgiving include convenience stores, movie theaters, pharmacies, restaurants, and certain other businesses.

I don't know about you, but I'm inclined to move to one of those three states.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  The very next day is the symbol of capitalism taking over the Christmas season.  Let's at least keep Thanksgiving sacred.

If you don't live in those states, here's how to vote with your wallet and your feet - don't shop on Thanksgiving Day!

And finally, here's a page of weird Thanksgiving trivia, including this gem:  Thanksgiving brought about the creation of TV dinners.

Have a safe and cozy Thanksgiving with your friends and family.

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