Recovery Cool-Down Period Policy

Employees who work outdoors are provided, allowed, and encouraged to take duty-free preventative cool-down periods in the shade for at least five minutes (in addition to the time needed to access shade) whenever they feel the need to do so to protect themselves from overheating. Employees shall be monitored for signs of heat illness, encouraged to remain in the shade, and not ordered back to work until any signs or symptoms of heat illness have abated. Recovery cool-down periods shall be counted as hours worked, for which there shall be no deduction from wages.

Reporting Missed or Untimely Recovery PeriodsIf for any reason you are not able to take a recovery period, you must advise your supervisor or the Human Resources Manager in writing within the same or next payroll period; it will otherwise be presumed that you were provided all recovery periods. You must complete the form entitled “Employee Time Record Notice” immediately and submit it to the Human Resources Manager whenever a recovery period was not provided in accordance with this policy or California law. If a non-exempt employees is not provided a recovery period in accordance with state law and/or Company policy, the employee will be paid one additional hour of pay at the employee’s regular rate of compensation for each workday that the recovery period was not provided.

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