Three cheers for Miami-Dade County Commissioners, our neighbor in South Florida. Hope this passes, and that its progress is unmolested by louche lobbyists for disgruntled employers and their corporate cat's paws. So sad that my disgruntled former employer, the Department of Labor, is so slow in protecting workers. As I told Eugene Scalia, later Trump's Secretary of Labor, and then the Acting Solicitor of Labor (never confirmed) in 2001, at an ABA Labor and Employment Law Section meeting, "there is a spirit stalking the U.S. Department of Labor, a spirit of desuetude, of non- enforcement, and of indifference to worker rights." Later, at a Tennessee Supreme Court Board of Professional Responsibility hearing in Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S. Department of Labor Chief Judge, John Michael Vittone, a University of Richmond law school graduate, actually testified that he and his staff did know the word "desuetude" and had to look it up, and that it hurt his feelings to be criticized by little 'ole me, a lawyer for American workers, now known to certain superficial Dull Republicans as "this blogger."
From The Washington Post:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published voluntary guidelines on heat safety, but these are not enforceable. Only three states — California, Washington and Oregon — require companies to give outdoor workers breaks to cool down on hot days. No states in the South, where workplace heat deaths are most common, have created their own heat safety rules.