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Labor Day on Delmarva


 SALISBURY, Del. - Labor Day is the first Monday in September, a day dedicated to honoring American workers.

Workers across the country are taking the day off to celebrate themselves. Jonathan Richardson of Girdletree said he thinks it is important to take time off.

"I think it's important to remember that there's a lot more things that are more important in life than work, family for instance," he said. "I think all too often we forget that."

So what are the labor laws workers on Delmarva deal with?

In Maryland, minimum wage is $7.25/hour and employers must provide a 30 minute break after six hours. In Delaware, the minimum wage is $7.75/hour and a 30 minute break is required after 7.5 hours. In Virginia, minimum wage is $7.25 and no break is required unless the employee is under age 16.

On Labor Day however, there are people who do have to work. For example, firefighters, like Captain James Jester of the Salisbury Fire Department.

"Well while everyone else has a holiday unfortunately emergency's know no holiday and fires know no holiday," he explained. "So the fire department has to be here and we're proud to serve."

Jester said he agrees that taking a break is necessary.

"They certainly deserve a break no matter what job you're in," he said. "It's certainly work that's why they call it a job, while it is a profession for us and it is a career it is certainly a calling so we feel more as if were devoted and want to be here more so than have to be here."

The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5th, 1882 in New York City and it was made a national holiday in 1984.

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