California Law requires employers to take measures to protect outdoor workers. With summer heat in full swing, it is important for all employers to take precautions. When temperatures are greater than 95 degrees, employers must follow these guidelines:
Earlier this summer, a major settlement was reached in two lawsuits, filed in 2009 and 2012, alleging failures to protect farm workers from heat illness and death. The lawsuits, titled Bautista, et al v. State of California, et al., were filed against Cal/OSHA by individual farm workers, the United Farm Workers, and the UFW Foundation.