I just don’t understand Labor Day. To be more specific, I don’t understand the holiday’s name. “Labor” is derived from the Latin word meaning work or toil. Etymologically speaking, therefore, Labor Day is Work Day. To me, celebrating Labor Day by taking the day off is like celebrating Arbor Day by cutting down a tree. I must admit, however, that “Sloth Day” doesn’t carry the same cachet.
At least this defendant understood that Labor Day was about working:
Q. Right around Labor Day.
A. I don’t know when Labor Day is. Sorry.
Q. You don’t know when Labor Day is?
A. No, sir. Work right through it [sic].
United States v. Roussel, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131683 (E.D. La. Nov. 14, 2011).
It’s Labor Day, Why Aren’t They Working?
I found the above photo on the U.S. Department of Labor’s History of Labor Day webpage.
In this post, Randi Val Morrison at TheCorporateCounsel.net took issue with points raised by UCLA Law School Professor Stephen M. Bainbridge and Chicago Law School Professor M. Todd Henderson in this recent Stanford Law Review article: Boards-R-Us: Reconceptualizing Corporate Boards.