Calif. Plaintiffs' New Toy In Employment Litigation

Law360, New York (November 8, 2013, 12:48 PM EST) -- In October 2013, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a new bill that will require California employers to provide their employees with a "recovery period:" a "cooldown period afforded an employee to prevent heat illness." Exactly when employers will be required to provide these recovery periods will be outlined in the enacting regulations.

For example, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health's existing regulations currently mandate, "Employees shall be allowed and encouraged to take a cooldown rest in the shade for a period of no less than five minutes at a time when they feel the need to do so...

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