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4 Considerations When Buying Kitchen Bar Stools

While buying a kitchen bar stool is not the biggest purchase decision you will ever make in your life, is still something that warrants consideration. This is especially true if you care about the quality of your interior design and want to make sure that everything matches and complements one another.

Making the wrong choice in this department could leave you with kitchen bar stools that don’t match the room and look completely out of place or leave you with something that’s uncomfortable for your family and guests to use. This is why you should take note of the following 4 considerations when you are buying kitchen bar stools.


1.     The size

Of course, when you are buying kitchen bar stools, you need to make sure that they are the correct size and height to fit your space. If you pick something that is too tall, or too short, then people will have a hard time using them.

Remember; kitchen bar stools are for people to sit on while they eat breakfast and have a cup of coffee/enjoy discussion with family and friends. They are somewhere that guest will sit when you invite them to have a cup of tea, and where other people like tradespeople and other professionals might sit to walk through contracts with you.

As a hub of activity in any home, the counter space where this product will sit is going to get a lot of traffic. You want to make sure you get something that fits snugly under the countertop and does not get in the way of anyone passing by.


2.     The comfort

As with any type of furniture, you need to make sure that the kitchen bar stools that you invest in are adequately comfortable to suit their purpose. One that is simply made of wood with a seated groove can be cheaper, but one with a leather cushion can be much more comfortable.

Keep in mind; these items are not meant for extended comforts like a sofa or a bed – they are made for people to have enough comfort to enjoy a quick meal or drink while they are in-between other activities. People generally would not have an extended sit-down dinner while sitting on a kitchen bar stool.

Nevertheless, you should make sure that this item is comfortable enough to suit your purposes.


3.     The color/finish

woman sitting in a kitchen bar stool

When you are buying kitchen bar stools, it’s a good idea to think about the color or the material finish that is used. You want to make sure that it fits with the rest of the space you have and does not stick out like a sore thumb.

If you have a lot of rustic and timber elements at play in your home, then wooden kitchen bar stools can be a good way to go. Similarly, if you have a more minimal and contemporary look, then something that is made with a leather finish can be a better way to go.

As for color, you mainly want to match the light with light and dark with dark. This is called picking complimentary colors and will make your space effortlessly flow and feel very uniform.


4.     The cost

You need to also think about what the cost of buying a certain set of kitchen bar stools will be. While you can always try to save money by looking for individual items 2nd hand, it would be almost impossible to find a matching set that will complement the space.

There you have it, 4 major considerations you need to think about when you are buying kitchen bar stools.


The Art Of Scaffolding Safety: The Dos And Don’ts

In Australia, scaffolding is governed by several strict laws and principles. If they are not appropriately erected and if safety protocols are not followed while using them, then serious consequences can ensue. Resultantly, all users must follow the rules diligently, regardless of the circumstances. If you haven’t been required to erect building platforms before or you have forgotten the things you learned from your training, then check out this comprehensive guide on the art of scaffolding safety.


Do install the platform sequentially and logically

If you want to be able to use your scaffolding towers safely and responsibly, then the installation process is paramount. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s steps and guidelines during the installation process, to prevent injury. The foundations are the first place to start and building on level ground is non-negotiable. If the soil is unstable, make sure you use base plates that you can attach to the base of the tower for added stability. If you are working on grass or dirt (as opposed to concrete or cement), then using these base plates are essential.


Don’t stand on the tower when loading/unloading

When the scaffolding platform is being loaded or unloaded with materials, no one must be standing on the platform during that time. This can cause the platform to collapse if it is overloaded, thereby compromising the safety and lives of those in proximity.


Do exit the mobile towers before moving

construction building surrounded with scaffolding

Some scaffolding towers are mobile, making them perfect for home-based construction work, where a smaller platform can be moved with ease around the edges of the structure. However, no one must be on the platform when it is moved, as the ground could be unsteady, and the scaffolding tower could flip or collapse.


Don’t use a damaged platform

This one seems rather obvious. If the tower is damaged, broken or defective in any way, then do not attempt to use it. On construction sites across New South Wales and other states of Australia, building platforms must be inspected before and after use. This is essential to identify any potential hazards or defects that may have emerged while the equipment was not being used (like over a weekend, public holiday or during inclement weather). Whatever the reason, do not use a damaged building platform, no matter how much it sets back your deadlines and productivity.


Do wear full protection

When using building towers, all workers on the site must be wearing full PPE (personal protective equipment) and other necessary industrial protective gear, such as earplugs, hard hats, goggles, gloves, safety shoes and high visibility clothing. Safety harnesses need to be checked and re-checked before performing work from a dangerous height.


Don’t climb on parts of the frame not intended for that purpose

You’d be surprised how common it is for workers to climb parts of the scaffolding that are not designed for climbing. Don’t use the handrails or the guardrails for walking mobility, as this will only increase the chance of serious injury occurring. These components of the frame could be covered in water, mud or ice, making them slippery and unstable.


Do be mindful of others

Being mindful of other workers on the site is rule number one of any industrial setting. When you’re operating heavy machinery or working from a great height, your actions or negligence could have very severe consequences for those around you. This principle must be applied to the use of scaffolding, regardless of the circumstances. When using a building platform, be aware of those above and below you.


What are the obstacles to starting a business while being an employee? Part 2

The employee who does not respect his exclusivity clause violates his contractual obligation. As such, it may be sanctioned by dismissal for misconduct, which in certain cases can be qualified as serious misconduct, in which case the employee may not claim either the termination indemnity or the compensation for notice. Only paid leave not taken will be paid.

B- Obstacles after the termination of the employment relationship

Considered at the time of the conclusion of the employment contract, the non-competition clause, which also limits the exercise of professional activity, takes effect after the termination of the employment relationship. Such a clause is only valid if it meets the following conditions:

– be essential for the protection of the interests of the company;

– take into account the specificities of the employee’s job (possibility for the employee to find a job corresponding to his qualification);

– be limited in time (duration of its application) and in space (geographical area concerned);

– be accompanied by the employee by a financial contribution.

The non-competition clause which does not meet these conditions will be declared void by the court and therefore releases the employee from his obligation.

An employee who violates the non-competition clause loses his right to financial compensation.

In addition, the employment contract may include a penalty clause in the non-competition clause, which is a lump sum indemnity that the employee must pay to the employer.

Finally, the judge can order the employee to cease his activity.

What are the obstacles to starting a business while being an employee?

Being at the disposal of his employer, the employee may be prevented from setting up a business in certain cases. This restriction of the freedom to undertake, which is nevertheless a principle with constitutional value, can be put in place by the insertion in the employment contract of clauses which apply during the employment relationship (exclusivity clause) or after the termination of the employment contract (non-competition clause). It can also simply arise from the employment relationship (obligation of loyalty) without it being necessary to introduce any clause.

A- Obstacles during the employment relationship

When the employee signed his employment contract, the employer was able to provide for a so-called exclusivity clause that prohibits or limits the exercise by the employee of another professional activity. Such a clause can be particularly restrictive since it can concern any type of activity and not only those likely to compete with the employer.

However, it is possible to rule out the application of this exclusivity clause. Thus, the Labor Code allows an employee who creates a company to suspend the application of the exclusivity clause provided for in his contract for one year from:

 – or its entry in the trade and companies register;

– or his declaration of the start of professional activity.

This suspension may be extended if the employee takes leave or part-time work for setting up a business, which was mentioned previously, until the end of this leave or part-time.

In addition, the exclusivity clause, which restricts the freedom to work, is only valid if it is essential for the protection of the legitimate interests of the company, justified by the nature of the task to be accomplished and proportionate to the aim sought.

In other words, the employee can ask the Labor Council, the competent court to deal with disputes between employers and employees concerning the execution and termination of the employment contract, to rule out the application of an exclusivity clause if it does not meet the criteria indicated above.

The employee who does not respect his exclusivity clause violates his contractual obligation. As such, it may be sanctioned by dismissal for misconduct, which in certain cases can be qualified as serious misconduct, in which case the employee may not claim either the termination indemnity or the compensation for notice. Only paid leave not taken will be paid.