January 3, 2018
Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Ventura & Clark Counties
It's Time to Order your 2018 Labor Law Posters!

With the new year upon us, as a business, one of the main things to remember is that compliance is key. Many regulations have been updated or introduced for California in 2018. Your 2017 posters will now be considered outdated and you will not be in compliance. 

All California businesses must display up-to-date labor and safety notices where all employees can see them to be in compliance with federal and state laws.

Therefore, the 2017 all-in-one poster no longer meets the federal and state 2018 requirements. Updated posters include the following important revisions:

  • CA Minimum Wage Notice
  • CA Transgender Rights

Companies will also have to update their Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order (#1 Manufacturing or #4 Administrative) given the new state minimum wage increases.

Some companies may also be required to display additional notices depending on their operation, such as forklift safety, fire extinguisher use, safe lifting, and blood borne pathogens. 

Avoid fines and penalties by pre-ordering your posters.
If you have any other questions about the posters, contact  Cheryl Chong , at ext. 218.
PIASC Graphic Communications Career Day: Friday, February 9, 2018
In the past few months, the PIASC team has been visiting members and one concern we found to always come into conversation is the lack of qualified people. Whether it be a pressman or a sales representative, there is just not enough.

PIASC is working to make a positive impact on this shortage with several efforts. Our first step is a private Career Day for members only at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (CPSLO) on Friday, February 9th. This event is limited to 8 member companies on a first come, first serve basis. Those participating will have the opportunity to meet and interview Graphic Communications students who have been involved in a course study that combines classroom work with time on various pieces of equipment.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Lou Caron at 323.728.9500, Ext. 274.
Innovation in Leadership: 2018 President's Conference, San Antonio, TX
SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 President's Conference, March 4–6 in San Antonio, Texas. This year the focus is "Innovations in Leadership" to explore strategies and resources designed to help you better serve your customers while improving your operational and financial objectives.

This year, we will offer our members a $200 grant towards their registration for this conference:
Topics include:
  • Future Trends in Printing, Business and Media
  • Open Book Management: A Radical Approach to Running a Printing Company
  • Now is the Best Time to be a Printer…Ever!
  • 763 Approach to Success
  • And much more.

To get this grant, you must register through PIASC with Socorro Garcia, 323.728.9500, Ext. 229
Full California Employment Report Available
The Center for Jobs and the Economy has released its full analysis of the November employment data. For additional information and data about the California economy, visit www.centerforjobs.org.

California Returns to First Place

Between November 2016 and November 2017, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows the total number of employed in California increased by 351,400 (seasonally adjusted), or 18.8% of the total net employment gains in this period for the US. Based on the total numbers, California returned to 1st place ahead of Florida (which has a civilian working age population only 55% as large as California’s) at 320,100 and Texas (69% as large) at 256,700. Measured by percentage change in employment over the year, California improved to 19th highest. Adjusted for working age population, California also rose to 19th.

IRS postpones 1095 Delivery Deadline
Firms that employ 50 or more persons must provide IRS Form 1095-C to their employees showing information about employer-provided health insurance. The IRS extended the due dates for these to March 2, 2018 (April 2, 2018 if filed electronically). If you obtain your health insurance coverage from PIBT, we will be sending you the coverage information. For further information, call Evie Bañaga at Ext. 224.
Strategies for Safety and Savings!
HIGH EX-MOD? Do you feel at the mercy of the workers’ compensation system? How about feeling like you have no control over the premiums you pay or how the insurance company is managing an employee’s injury?

PIASC Insurance Services is holding an informational session on Safety & Risk control on Wednesday, February 7th in the PIASC Conference Room. This event is free and you can select from a morning session (10:00am) or an afternoon session (1:00 pm).

These sessions will include:
  • Information for those who have the responsibility of risk control, safety compliance or employee injury management.
  • Defining the “mysterious” line of insurance and providing you with insights and best practices that help you contain costs and ensure injured employees return to work as soon as medically possible.
  • Modification factors, pre & post employee injury management best practices
  • How to gain support from employees to promote workplace safety
Member Company, Primary Color Systems, Expands to Atlanta
As a result of client demand, Primary Color Systems is pleased to announce the acquisition of Print Direction, a visual marketing solutions company in Atlanta, GA. According to Dan Hirt, Primary’s President, “The acquisition will allow us to aggressively serve our growing East Coast client base, by giving us the ability to strategically expand to Atlanta.”

The new 80,000 square foot facility will offer printing and fulfillment with robust color management driven by creativity, data integration and analytics. This extends Primary’s capabilities for our national retail and restaurant clientele.

"This horizontal acquisition reinforces our market leadership position and substantially enhances the value proposition for our clients nationwide. Whether we are producing simultaneously or fulfilling on demand, Primary Atlanta and Primary Cypress are tactically located on each of the coasts allowing us to reduce costs by increasing capacity and delivery efficiency.”
2018 Resolutions: Planning for a Successful Year
Whether you make personal resolutions each year is completely up to the individual, and can vary from year to year. But if you’re a small business owner, there are benefits in defining specific resolutions for your small business on an annual basis.

One component of being an effective leader is the ability to take a step back and look at your company's strengths and weaknesses with a fresh perspective. Here are seven tips to help you develop resolutions for the new year that are worthwhile and help the overall success of your business.

Source: The UPS Store Small Business Blog
FREE Webinars for Members
January 9th | 11:00am PST | FREE

January 17th | 11:00am PST | FREE

January 18th | 10:00am PST | FREE

January 24th | 11:00am PST | FREE

January 26th | 10:30am PST | FREE ($299 non-members)

May 16th | 9:00am PST | FREE
Quote of the Week
Turn your face to the sun and the shadow falls behind you.
~Jan Goldstein