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Kendall Law Group Labor Attorney Matt Scott says Combating Workplace Heat Starts With Employees
July 13, 2012 12:00 pm

As the dog days of summer drag into weeks, it may be up to the employees who bear the brunt of the heat to remind supervisors about keeping common sense in mind when managing work, according to Dallas labor lawyer Matt Scott. "No labor statute requires additional breaks when the weather gets warmer," says Scott, who practices at the Kendall Law Group. "However, if employers are working employees into the ground, or to the point where they are getting ill, then you are facing a situation where a workman's compensation case is possible." Threatening a lawsuit isn't the most productive way to speak with an employer at a worksite, so Scott suggests workers should first make requests for additional shade, regular breaks for water and cooling down, and other reasonable accommodations aimed at combating the extreme heat. For more information, contact Dave Moore at 800-559-4534 or

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