February 12, 2020
Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Ventura & Clark Counties
Post Your Required “Time Off to Vote” Posters Now!
Under California Law, at least 10 days before a statewide election employers must post a notice regarding employees’ right to have time off to vote. With the election coming up on March 3, NOW is the time to get your notice posted. If you have purchased the “all in one” California State and Federal 2020 poster from PIASC then you’re already covered, because the notice is included . If not, you can download the required notice (in a choice of 10 languages) Here.

Here’s what you need to know about the required time off to vote:

  • Eligibility: Employees are only eligible for paid time off for the purpose of voting if they do not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote. The intent of the law is to provide an opportunity to vote to workers who would not be able to do so because of their jobs. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Length and timing of the absence: Employees can be given as much time as they need in order to vote, but only a maximum of two hours is paid. You may require time off to be taken only at the beginning or end of the employee’s shift.

  • Requiring advance notice: You may require employees to give advance notice that they will need additional time off for voting.
Post Your 300A for 2019 and Submit Online
It is already February 2020 and it is time to complete and post your 2019 OSHA Form 300A (completed by January 31 st and posted no later than February 1, 2020), for your facility’s lost time and restricted duty injuries in 2019. Your 2019 Form 300A must be posted where all employees can see it, i.e. an all-employee bulletin board. Many of our clients post their Form 300A in their employee break room.

Additionally, no later than March 2, 2020, in all States (including California) all high hazard industry employers (includes all commercial printers) with at least 20 or more total employees) must also post online their Form 300A information at https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/.

Below is a brief summary of the requirements for posting this form. If your facility has 11 or more employees, you are required to keep/maintain the OSHA 300 Form, and at the end of the year of recordkeeping you must compile the statistics and fill out the summary OSHA 300A Form.  Your 300A must be posted no later than February 1 st and kept posted through April 30th. This is to be done even if you had no injuries!
Failure to post the 300A Form makes you subject to an OSHA fine.  Furthermore, if OSHA visits your facility for whatever reason, they will invariably ask to see the 300 Forms in order to gauge your company's safety program in relation to your rate of injuries and illness. Also, they may ask to see up to 5 years of these forms plus the current year (years 2015 through 2019).

Therefore, you should have these records easily accessible. If these records are kept in your HR Department, then your person responsible for safety in your plant should also have copies. OSHA enforcement might visit your facility when your HR person is away from your plant, and it is always best to immediately provide all the documentation that OSHA wants to receive.

Source: John Holland, Assured Compliance Solutions, Inc.
5 Reasons Your Facebook Ads Manager Could Get Shut Down
#1: Repeated Declined Payments
If you consistently have payment methods declined for your ad account, Facebook will see this as a red flag and may suspend your account if the pattern continues. Your ad account gets seen as a “bad debtor” and too many late payments or declined bills could put your ad account at risk.

#2: Low Facebook Page Quality
Repeatedly violating community guidelines on your Facebook page can result in a low page quality score, which can put your ability to advertise at risk. Sharing misleading content like fake news or inciting antisocial behavior can make your page look like a troublemaker within the Facebook community and result in your ad account being banned as well.
You can find the full list of  Facebook community guidelines here . Note that the community guidelines are different from the ad policies, and advertisers need to understand both.

Printing Industries of America unveiled a newly developed, premium course in its iLearning Center last week,  Leadership Skills for New Supervisors . This course aims to help new supervisors make the transition from contributor to leader by honing skills like: directing, sharing, teaching, training, and mentoring. Developed by leadership trainer and mentor Jamie V. Parker, the course goes beyond leadership theory to teach users specific skills and tactics that will help them engage with team members to work toward organizational goals.

Course objectives include:

  • How to approach leadership in a way that builds relationships and inspires commitment
  • The five points of impact listening to create more trust, engagement, and team member effort
  • The effective feedback formula for getting more of the right behaviors consistently
  • The anatomy of good coaching questions that develop a team's decision-making and problem-solving abilities
  • How to advance leadership skills and get the very best out of team members

The course is just $99 for PIA members and $199 for non-members. For more information, visit  www.printing.org/leadership  or contact Joe Marin, Vice President of Education & Training at  jmarin@printing.org .
Superior Lithographics wins the 2020 Best Workplace in the Americas (BWA) awards program !

Congratulations to Superior Lithographics!

The Best Workplace in the Americas award winners were evaluated on human resources benchmarking categories that recognize companies that embrace the most sought-after qualities for today's work environment: Communication & Culture, Employee Resources & Benefits, and Safety & Work Environment. The Safety Shield winners demonstrated the highest levels of safety in the workplace.

For nearly two decades, the Best Workplace in the Americas awards program has been an acknowledgement of printing industry excellence in human resources practices. Judged by an anonymous panel of human relations professionals from the industry, the BWA awards show that companies of any size can excel in their commitment to employees
IRS Announces 2020 Mileage Reimbursement Rates
Beginning January 1, 2020, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be 57.5 cents per mile driven for business use. This is a decrease of one half of a cent per mile from the 2019 rate.
Glendale digital printer with 8 digital presses including HP Indigo and Canon Color Stream Inkjet and complete bindery is looking to lease space to small printer, designer or broker. 625 total square feet with space to fit 5 people. Space includes desks, kitchenette, bathroom plus additional bonus storage space. Signage on front of building also available. Call Keith at 818-335-1928

LA printer is looking to purchase a used Laminator for medium run length laminating.  Call Keith at 818-335-1928
Upcoming Webinars

DATE: February 18, 2020
TIME: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
In this webinar, we dive into the rising cost of payment processing and tools available to reduce the fees your business pays.

Let’s take a closer look at interchange rates, the growing use of reward/cashback cards and the options merchants can utilize to reduce their costs through direct bank transfers, interchange optimization, and how Zero Cost Credit is saving merchants money. 
Join us at this webinar to learn how to determine if a worker is an independent contractor or an employee, and how this designation impacts everything from tax withholding to the application of employment and labor laws.

Although your business might have independent contractors and employees performing the same or similar work, there are vitally important legal differences between the two. To avoid exposing your company to the possibility of significant fines and costly lawsuits, it is critical that you know when to classify a worker as an independent contractor and when to classify a worker as an employee. 
Recycling Paper Into Papier-Mâché Lampshades
Maja Petek is an artist from Slovenia. She creates home-decor items like lampshades using recycled objects and natural materials. The base material for all these pieces is paper, which she recycles by turning it into a pulp and molding it into lampshades

Quote of the Week
"Weaknesses are just strengths in the wrong environment. "