One of the best ways to avoid needless employment law disputes is to stay in touch with what your employees are thinking, feeling and doing. As part of our never-ending quest to keep you up-to-speed on the latest developments affecting your workplace, the following is our guide to some of the lesser-known celebrations your employees might be observing this month.

CONTEST: Just to make sure you’re paying attention, I included one made-up item. The rest are very real. The first person to post a comment identifying the bogus celebration will win a valuable prize.

Month-long Celebrations

  • International Blondie and Deborah Harry Month
  • Air Conditioner Appreciation Days
  • National Doghouse Repairs Month

Weekly Celebrations

  • International Chicken Wing Week (5-7)
  • Be Nice to New Jersey Week (7-13)
  • Nude Recreation Week (8-14)
  • Sports Cliche Week (14-20)
  • Rabbit Week (15-21)
  • National Ventriloquism Week (17-21)

Daily Observances

  • I Forgot Day (2)
  • Compliment Your Mirror Day (3)
  • Stay Out of the Sun Day (3)
  • Independence from Meat Day (4)
  • Tell the Truth Day (7)
  • Chocolate Day (7)
  • Annoy Your Co-workers by Singing Carpenters, Barry Manilow and/or Air Supply Songs Day (8)
  • International Town Criers Day (8)
  • Don’t Step on a Bee Day (10)
  • Embrace Your Geekishness Day (13)
  • Gruntled Workers Day (13)
  • Gummi Worm Day (15)
  • National Get Out of the Doghouse Day (15)
  • Yellow Pig Day (17)
  • National Lollipop Day (20)
  • Hot Dog Day (20)
  • Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day (20)
  • National Ice Cream Day (21)
  • Rat-catchers Day (22)
  • Gorgeous Grandma Day (23)
  • National Drive-thru Day (24)
  • Tell an Old Joke Day (24)
  • National Talk in an Elevator Day (26)
  • Barbie-in-a-blender Day (27)
  • Take Your Plants for a Walk Day (27)
  • Walk on Stilts Day (27)
  • National Cowboy Day (27)
  • Lasagna Day (29)
  • Cheesecake Day (30)

What this means for employers. If your employees suddenly start coming to work naked, saying nice things about New Jersey, acting unusually “gruntled,” bringing bunnies and yellow pigs to the office, taking their plants for a walk, embracing their geekishness, grilling hot dogs and chicken wings in their cubes, hugging the company’s air conditioner units, talking incessantly in the elevator, dying their hair blonde while singing “The Tide is High” and/or guzzling ice cream, chocolate, gummi worms and lollipops while walking on stilts and chasing rats, now you know why.

Enjoy the month!

(Sources: holidayinsights.com, brownielocks.com, gone-ta-pott.com)