October 25, 2018
Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Ventura & Clark Counties
Top 10 Don'ts When Conducting
Background Checks

Are you using the appropriate state and federally compliant releases and disclosures?

Employers often have false senses of security when performing background checks. Did you know the results of a nationwide criminal database search, by itself, is not permissible for employment decision purposes? Are you sure your background screening vendor is licensed to sell you information?

This webinar will address some frequent and major mistakes employers make when conducting background checks. We will stress the importance of using the appropriate forms and releases when conducting screening. The topics covered will include Form I-9 verification, immigration issues and the potential legal and financial consequences for non-compliance.

Join us for this webinar on:
Thursday, November 15th
at a computer near you
from 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
The New PIASC Website: Navigating Through Resources
We launched our new website on Monday, October 1st. All resources are now found in a new members-only Resource Center that puts all the information you need in one location.  Because of the wealth of resources available, we have decided to share with you were you can locate some favorite items.

Credit Reports, Slowpay and Collections
We offer members a discount for credit reports at $17/report. Members can access this under Cash Management of the resource section of our website.

Members also have access to the industry reporting system, Slowpay and to our preferred partner for collections, AG Adjustments. You can find this under Cash Management in the Resource page.

  1. Go to Member Login to Login.
  2. Under MEMBERS click on RESOURCES.

Need assistance, give us a call at 323.728.9500.
Now Accepting 2019 Executive of the Year Nominations
PIASC’S Benjamin Franklin Award is the highest honor presented in Southern California’s printing industry. Past recipients of this award claim that this is indeed the highlight of their career. Keeping the significance and prestige of this honor in mind, please take the time to make your choice known. Review the following criteria and return your nomination to PIASC right away. The PIASC Benjamin Franklin Award honors an individual for being a longterm major contributor to the graphic arts industry in Southern California.

Nominees for this award should be:
  • Successful in his or her chosen profession.
  • A person of high principles and integrity.
  • A person who shares time and talent to work toward the advancement of the printing industry.
  • A person who works for the betterment of society through civic, community or religious involvements.
  • A person who has worked in the graphic arts industry for at least 15 years, with at least five of those years in Southern California.

Nominations are due no later than December 28, 2018.
Questions, please contact Kristy Villanueva , 323.728.9500, Ext. 215.

2018 Executive of the Year
Jack W. Stoughton, Jr.
2017 Executive of the Year
Marina Poropat Joyce
2015 Executive of the Year
Larry Lester
Banning Mobile Devices on the Production Floor
Even in today’s “always connected” age, you do not have to allow employees access to their personal mobile devices on the production floor. In addition to issues related to lost productivity, mobile devices and heavy equipment just don’t mix well from the safety perspective. For example, an employee who looks down at his device while operating a forklift can crash, and a press operator who is distracted by a text while running a printing press can get severely injured.

In fact, given the safety hazards that personal electronic devices pose, banning them on the production floor may be the best option. If you would like to take this route, PIA has drafted the following sample policy for members’ use:

Cell Phones and Personal Electronic Devices (iPods, iPads, tablets, etc.)
For your safety and the safety of everyone at the Company, the production floor must remain free from distractions. Neither cell phones nor personal electronic devices are allowed on the production floor. These devices may never be used while operating a motorized vehicle such as a lift truck, pallet jack or delivery vehicle. Employees may keep their devices in a locker, car or other secure location at your own risk. Employees may use their devices off of the production floor during breaks. Management and supervisory personnel are permitted to use cell phones only for professional reasons on the production floor.
2019 Print Excellence Awards Competition Deadline
Start Saving your 2018 Samples!

The 15th Annual Print Excellence Awards Competition deadline will be:

Friday, February 22, 2019
PIASC Offices, Los Angeles
2019 Graphics Night

The event of the year honoring the Executive of the Year and announcing the winners of the printing competition, Print Excellence Awards.

Friday, May 3, 2019
Pacific Palms Resort, City of Industry
PIASC Member-Only Career Day at Cal Poly SLO
In the past 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 continues working to make a positive impact on this shortage with several efforts. Our first step was creating a private, PIASC Member-Only Career Day at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (CPSLO) on Friday, November 9th . This event has limited space therefore companies that are interested are 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. PIASC will also host a welcome dinner on Thursday, November 8th.
If you are interested in participating in this event,
please contact Kristy Villanueva at 323.728.9500, Ext. 215.
SGIA Expo Welcome Party Announcement:
The 2018 SGIA Expo brought over 24,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center October 18–20 and was a resounding success.

With the recent collaboration between SGIA and NAPCO Media spawning a bold new event – the 2019 Printing United trade show October 23–25, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. We've got a brief preview and a short video for you. Printing United will reflect the coming together of just about every printing industry sector in addition to wide-format – including digital, offset, packaging, textile printing, in-plant printing, 3D printing and much, much more.

Quote of the Week
"Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become action.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."