California has enacted legislation that creates a new employer liability when employees miss “cooldown” periods.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, under Labor Code Section 226.7, California requires employers to provide one hour of pay to employees for missed recovery or “cooldown” periods to prevent heat illness. Employers in California should consider evaluating their business’ heat illness risks and prevention programs before the warmer months to ensure they decrease the likelihood of heat illness and are in compliance with California law.
You can access the full article here, which was co-written by Jackson Lewis Workplace Safety and Health attorney, Benjamin J. Kim. It appeared in today’s issue of Law360.