Farmworkers could soon get paid sick leave for heat, smoke or flooding delays

Farmworkers are 35 times more likely to die of heat-related stress than others.

California lawmakers introduced a bill to guarantee farmworkers paid sick leave for smoky or hot days.

A San Diego Senator filed the measure this week to protect workers when wildfire smoke, heat, or flooding cause work delays. He says farmworkers deal with conditions that few would dare to face and are 35 times more likely to die of heat-related stress than others.

The bill would task OSHA with determining if conditions are too hazardous to work outside.

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