Don't let a heat wave land your business in hot water

08/1/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

Extreme heat doesn't just make employees who work outdoors cranky, it can also pose risks to their health, which lead to legal risks for business owners. Providing workers with cold drinks and air-conditioned vehicles is a start, business owners say. It's also important to educate workers on the signs of heat-related illness so they can help their co-workers should they get sick, said Lawn Doctor franchisee Jodi Barnes. And don't just talk to your employees about safety measures, put them in writing in case there's ever a legal question, advises employment lawyer Jennifer Rubin.

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