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California Drought: How HR Can Help
HR professionals can take a leading role in helping organizations comply with the spirit of California Gov. Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown Jr.’s April 1, 2015, executive order to encourage water conservation in the face of the state’s drought, according to Dawn Knepper, an attorney in Ogletree Deakins’ Orange County, Calif., office.

Does Music Work in the Workplace?
Many employees agree it has a place, even if it’s a small one.

Workers’ Attitudes Cited as Biggest Barrier to Safety
Nearly all surveyed safety professionals said that their senior management is committed to safety, while a majority indicated that workers’ behaviors are the biggest barriers.

Use of On-Call Shifts in Retail Industry Questioned in N.Y.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched a preliminary investigation into the staffing practices of 13 national retailers including Target, Gap, and Abercrombie & Fitch to determine whether their on-call scheduling practices violate New York labor laws.

California Revises Regulations on Family and Medical Leave
Thanks to family and medical leave laws, employees who are experiencing huge personal changes in their lives can step away from the workplace for a while, knowing their jobs are secure. These changes might range from the arrival of a new child to a newly diagnosed disease.

How to Choose Cloud Systems That Won’t Rain on Your Parade
Whether it’s software-as-a-service, storage functions or networking tools, cloud systems have emerged as the dominant computing model in HR technology. But as the cloud needs of human resource information systems professionals grow and vendors respond by offering new products, choosing the right cloud system is more daunting than ever.

Does 24-Hour Connectedness Create Feelings of Guilt?
Relying heavily on mobile technology to stay connected to their work and personal lives is creating “mobile guilt” among professionals, who then resort to “shadow tasking,” according to a new global online survey of 3,521 professionals.

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