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HR Management: How to Handle Termination of Employment

Employment and termination of employment are both a part of employer responsibility. Sometimes the reason for termination of employment is humble enough but at times, it is terminated due to harsh acts of indiscipline or fraud related acts that goes against the values and interests of the company. The employer anger is justified in this case but the issue has to dealt in a fair and legal way in good faith keeping the anger aside. This makes the process of termination somewhat complicated. It is the responsibility of the HR manager to conduct the process coolly and in a professional manner keeping all the grudges aside.

Things to consider while issuing termination
The topmost priority of consideration while dealing with employment termination of an employee is the compliance with employment laws of the state and the federal government. The process should be compliant with the laws and ensure that laws are not violated. Violation of laws can lead to lawsuits against the firm and other penalties.

Next thing is the fairness of the process. The process of employment termination should not be influenced with his past activities and grudges. Clear reason has to be furnished regarding why the termination letter is being issued. In case the termination is issued without a cause, laws and legislation affecting it should be considered.

If the employee is entitled to some commission, payment or other benefits, they should be cleared. Generally notice period has to furnished for the effect of termination. In case of immediate termination, laws affecting the process has to be followed.

Exit interviews help in self assessment
It is a widely accepted fact that conducting exit interviews provides a valuable assessment of the company. An exiting employee is believed to speak only the truth and clear facts without any manipulations. Hence, the HR manager is recommended to conduct exit interviews for any employee before employment termination. This is helpful in many ways. An exit interview helps in recognizing the strengths and limitations of the company. This leads to identification of the areas where the organization needs to work upon in order to strengthen itself.

Suggested inputs can be requested by the interviewer. The employee may appear rude since he is speaking out the facts or he may be behaving rudely intentionally. The HR manager has to manage the situation coolly and wisely without losing temper. A good questionnaire has to be worked beforehand for exit interviews. Finally, HR manager can bid him farewell and express his gratitude for his contribution towards the company.

Handling exit interviews professionally and fairly as per law is important. Compliance with laws saves the organization from legal trouble and the fair trail of the employee fetch goodwill for the company. Exit interviews are a great source of self assessment and to know about the limitations of the organization. As in the popular culture it is said that employees are biggest asset to a company, even the leaving employee adds a lot of value to the firm through exit interviews.
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Ideas for Using Old/Used Objects as Containers in Your Garden

Fairy HousesAre you worried of your limited budget for purchasing containers for your garden? You don’t have to worry about buying the containers because, you have enough containers in your home. Confused? Then, we will clear your doubt. See, you can use many of the old/used objects in your home as containers for your garden plants. Some of them are as efficient as your garden containers. So, we have listed few ideas of using your old objects as containers. See the list and use them. This will help you save money.

Cabinets
If you have old cabinets which are not used, then see them whether it is in a good condition or not. Check the walls of the cabinet and make sure that they are not broken to protect the soil to not go out. Drill some small holes for the drainage system and then use it as a container for the plants.

Water bottles
Generally, people use the same bottle for sometime and later dispose them, but disposing them won’t give you any benefits rather increases the plastic on the land and makes environmental affects. So, you can cut those bottles in the middle and use them as a container for small plants especially seed plantings.

Baskets
If you basket has become too old, don’t throw it. Because, with minor changes you can use it as a container which gives innovative look to your plants.

Coffee bags
Using coffee bags for hanging the plants and it is a creative idea. Coffee bags usually look attractive and are durable. So, with small drainage system you can use it for long time with small seed plantings.

Miniature plantsKettle
Kettle works for small herbs. So, if you have any stainless steel kettle that is old and un-used, you can use it for planting herbs. But, you should water it carefully because including the drainage system in steel is some what difficult.

Shoes
If you have old and big shoes that are not used. Then, use it as a decorative piece by adding tiny plants in them. You can transform its look within few minutes.

Bathtubs
Bathtubs gives large space for planting group of plants in it. Plan the area properly and use it for similar plant species if necessary.

Water cans
Water cans were also one of the good options as containers with some alterations.

These are the few old objects that you can use them as containers for your garden plants. This will save you lots of money on garden containers.
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FLSA – What Does It Regulate and What Not?

FLSA is a “Fair Labor Standards Act” and is also known as federal wage and hour law. Its main aim is to protect the rights of the workers. Here, the FLSA exempts some employees and nonexempt’s some employees from various regulations. Previously this is applicable for the employees working in the private sector but, now it is also applicable for the public sector employees. To know what FLSA regulates and what not, see the below information.

FLSA regulates

  • Minimum wage: The minimum wage under FLSA varies based on state and federal laws. It doesn’t replace any state laws that are favorable to the employees.
  • Overtime: The term overtime is defined in FLSA, it is the time over the threshold limit of working and usually it is 40 hours per week and it may differ for some medical or government jobs.
  • Child labor: Under FLSA child labor provisions are designed for protecting the educational opportunities of the youth and this laws will restrict them for the employment in some jobs that are hazardous to their health and safety.
  • Record keeping: Here, the FLSA requires employers that are covered under it to keep all the records on wages, hours and other items. It doesn’t require any kind of form but just some information which is accurate about the employee, worked hours and wages. Under record keeping there are specific records that are to be kept and they vary in various states and countries.

Under FLSA, there are exempt and non exempt employees. The nonexempt employees are covered by FLSA minimum wage and over time provisions whereas, exempt employees of white collar jobs are not covered with minimum wage and overtime, if they meet certain standards.

FLSA doesn’t regulates
FLSA doesn’t regulate various employment practices such as:

  • Payment on vacation, holiday, severance or sick
  • Premium pay for the people working on holidays or weekend
  • Rest period or meal hours, vacations or holidays
  • Fringe benefits or raising the payment
  • Compensation for unemployment
  • Pay stubs or “W-2”s
  • A discharge notice, reason for discharge or providing immediate payment for the employees terminated, etc.

These are some of the things that FLSA regulates and doesn’t regulates. As said the main aim of this act is to give the fair wages to the employees and it also eliminates the labor conditions that are leading to low standards of living. This act is very helpful for the employees. So, every business owner and employee must know the FLSA laws.
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Why to Choose Digital Printing for Packaging?

Today, the demand for digital printing is rising in packaging. This has made businesses focus on improving the value of the packaging by better quality and branding using color digital printing technology. Businesses choose digital printing technology because most packaging requires low volumes and packaging keeps on changing. There are thus multiple major benefits that make businesses use digital printing in packaging. We’ll discuss them here briefly.

Reduces supply chain cycle time
Before the advent of digital printing, conventional methods used to take nearly weeks for printing – from order placement to the release of the printed material or final material. However, digital printing has overcome all these challenges. It has reduced 50% of lead time over the offset printing. Digital printing will just take 5 to 10 days to complete the entire process from collecting materials to the final execution of the print. Thus, it helps lessen the supply chain cycle time.

More vibrant colors
The ease of the digital printing in making more vibrant colors along with the consistency has made marketers use this printing technology, as it helps them to use more realistic images than the traditional methods. Therefore, digital printing has become an ideal solution for packaging in industries like beverages, pharmaceuticals, foods and other durable and non-durable goods, etc.

Package versioning
Now-a-days packaging industries are focusing on the changes in the package versioning for various types of targeted consumers based on the age, gender, geographic location, etc. Therefore, it requires frequently changing the package versions, private labeling to target their audience. For the quality of easy and fast customization and fast turnout, packaging and marketers find digital printing an ideal option.

Brand owners are also focusing on online sales for which they require attractive packaging designs and digital printing is ideal for this continuously changing online world. This printing technology helps in maintaining the uniqueness in a brand, which differentiates it from others within the competitive market.

More sustainable and environmental friendly than conventional methods
Today, digital printing uses more sustainable materials such as mineral oil for printing by which it yields superior results than the conventional methods. Along with this, it also reduces the wastage of materials like ink and other support materials and printing plates which in-turn reduces the cost of printing. This overall reduces time consumed in printing and enhances the the efficiency of supply chain.

Further, digital printing uses inks with mineral oil as the prime ingredient, and it is approved for indirect contact with food.

These benefits makes digital printing makes advantageous for packaging industries over conventional methods.
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Five Kinds of Web Hosting to Choose From for Your Website

website monitoring serviceA website of any sort needs a web hosting service to reach the visitors. When choosing a web hosting service for your site, make sure to know all your requirements and limitations. Because some services may not meet your site requirements. To know which type of web hosting service is suitable to your domain you need to know all types of web hosting.

Free hosting
Generally free hosting is suitable for personal blogs or websites. No need to pay for this type of domain hosting, here you don’t get a personal domain name. It is supported by ads, so it does not look professional. For online businesses like e-commerce sites, it is not recommended because the free domains are not having the capacity to host a high-traffic site, which takes a lot of bandwidth.

Shared hosting
Shared hosting involves multiple number of websites share space on a single web server. Shared hosting is easy to use and run. In shared hosting, the space is used by multiple number of websites. As the server space is shared by many websites, the cost is less when compared to dedicated web hosting.

Shared hosting involves many websites hosted on the same server. It distributes the same amount of bandwidth to all of the other sites. It is not recommended for high traffic sites. And also if any of the website gets high traffic, affects the other sites.

Virtual dedicated hosting
Virtual dedicated hosting is useful if you are planning to control on your resources. It facilitates to have SSL certificate for your site and software of the kind you need. You can have all this without having to have physical dedicated server.

monitoring serviceDedicated hosting
In dedicated hosting, you get full space and all of its resources of a single server. It is mainly used if you are doing for a site that has high volume of traffic. You should choose dedicated hosting, if you own an e-commerce site as it is likely that it gets a large amount of traffic even though it is not uniform over a certain period, say a month or a quarter of a year. Dedicated hosting makes your website secure for your business, and your customers protecting their data.

Cloud hosting
This type of hosting associated with cloud technology involving use of virtual servers. Cloud hosting offers the option to enable your website to grow or traffic may increase more than it is expandable. You need to pay only for bandwidth as much as you use.
In addition, as cloud hosting involves multiple servers, if any of them goes down, you site might be little affected because of the other servers.
Cloud hosting is suitable for websites involving huge data and traffic, for example gaming sites.
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Why You should Prevent Website Blacklisting

website monitorWebsite hacking makes your sites get blacklisted. This is because of landing the website on unsafe register were it gets malicious code injected in the site by the hackers. This is the major problem, most of the sites are facing today. This affects your business badly and the website doesn’t get indexed in search engines, which in turn affects your business. The common reasons for hacking are listed out below see to it and follow the tips for preventing your website from being blacklisted.

Reasons for the website being hacked
Compromising in many ways leads to the hacking and blacklisting of a website and some of the common reasons are:

  • Passwords that you are using for your website are of poor choice
  • Vulnerabilities in the web-applications
  • Vulnerabilities in the server level
  • Having insecure FTP connections
  • Using third party add-on

Therefore, in-order to avoid this you need to follow few ways through which you can avoid website from being blacklisted. See the below listed ways and secure your website from blacklisting.

Setup strong passwords: Usually hackers attack the mail servers and they can easily identify the password through the list of commonly used words. To avoid this vulnerability, users should use very strong passwords by combining the letters, numbers, symbols, etc. And also scan your local PC, network or workstations with good anti-virus software that is updated.

website monitoring serviceSecured FTP connection: For secured FTP connection you need to change the connection to any of the solutions SCP/ssh/SFTP.

Have SMTP authentication: The users should use the SMTP authentication to check for the spoofed emails which is a real problem for the website and enable the sender match authentication. This will reduce the senders spoofing mail accounts.

Check for vulnerabilities: Continuously check for the vulnerabilities in the website like malware, virus and try to avoid them with good anti-virus which shows the updated information regarding the threats. This avoids vulnerabilities in web-applications and also at the server level.

Check for the plug-in: Check if you are using third party plug-ins to your website. This may bring some vulnerabilities into your site. So, see to it that you use only reputed add-ons or plug-ins in your site and update them regularly.

Apart from all the above, having a reputed website monitoring service for your site will make your website to prevent from blacklisting due to hacking and protects your business reputation. Hiring a good website monitoring services will perform regular monitoring along with uptime and downtime monitoring of a website.
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