July 25, 2018
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Required Accommodations for pregnant employees in Washington
The Washington State Office of the Attorney General has released a guide for employees and employers on specific civil rights that pregnant employees have under Washington state law.
Wage and Benefit Survey Deadline Extended
You have a little more time to get those surveys in, as the deadline has been extended to August 3rd. But don't wait! Get your survey in today!
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
The new tax law became effective on January 1, 2018. There are some aspects of the law that may affect HR, and we will point out a few here. Employee achievement awards are now mostly taxable. For instance, cash (or equivalent), gift cards, meals, lodging, and tickets must now be included as taxable income for employees. Employer-provided moving expenses are also now included as income. Another change is that employers cannot deduct the expense of providing transportation fringe benefits for commuting. 
Visit the IRS.gov website to stay informed and be sure to work with your business and finance teams to make sure that you're navigating the new tax laws effectively for both your company and your employees.   
Best Workplace in the Americas
The printing industry builds a culture of innovation, reinforces workplace accomplishments, and inspires a unique culture. Only the finest can be awarded Printing Industries of America's prestigious Best Workplace in the Americas (BWA) award.
If your organization maintains a successful workforce by providing your employees a superior work environment, we encourage you to enter the Best Workplace in the Americas award program and stand among the most distinguished print industry leaders by human resources standards. ENTRY DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 9TH
PIA Seeks Participants for a New Continuous Improvement Peer Group
Are you responsible for your organization's process improvement and Lean manufacturing activities? Do you wish there was a group of like-minded individuals that you could communicate and interact with on a regular basis to share and grow your continuous improvement knowledge? Then look no further!
Unpaid Internships
Most companies want to hire unpaid summer interns, but in order to do that within the boundaries of the Department of Labor requirements, certain aspects of the relationship are important. The intern must be the primary beneficiary of the relationship, which can be determined with an analysis of six steps, which emphasizes a strong educational component, limited duration for the internship, no entitlement to a paid job afterwards, and the intern does not displace the work of paid employees.
Keep Your I-9s Current
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will have three times more enforcement officers and plans to have five times more enforcement actions this year. To protect your company from civil and/or criminal penalties for hiring unauthorized workers, be sure to have completed I-9 forms in the employee files in case of an ICE inspection. You can find the I-9 forms and information here.  
FREE HR Webinars
Check out the PPI Event calendar for some valuable FREE webinars coming up! Tomorrow, learn how to recognize impairment and implement policies that may reduce risk and create a safer work environment in the age of legalized marijuana, and August 1st discuss up to the minute Federal and State Specific issues with Adriane Harrison, Human Relations Specialist Printing Industries of America.
New iLearning Class! Preparing Files for Digital Enhancement
Free to all printer members, we have another brand-new course available in the iLearning Center titled Preparing Files for Digital Enhancement. Digital enhancement is the digital application of spot colors, white toner, spot varnish, dimensional varnish, foil, or other effects to printed material. For years we’ve known that a consumer’s experience is not just visual—it includes other senses, including our sense of touch. For the customer, it’s all about getting attention and response. Learn all about digital enhancement options that cut through the marketing noise and discover how to properly create these files for print.
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August 3rd - Survey Participation Deadline Extended!
August 14th - Webinar