Subject: PIA Update: May 24

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
The Print & Packaging Legislative Summit is the signature government affairs conference hosted annually in our nation’s capital. This collaborative event brings together printers, suppliers, and allied interests for a powerful program of issue advocacy, political education, public affairs discussions, interaction with Members of Congress,  and networking events on Capitol Hill. Join your peers as we address our legislators as ONE industry with ONE voice. 

Together, we will address:
Hot-button policy issues impacting your company’s bottom line, such as:
  • Tax – Next steps in making reforms permanent and workable for your company
  • Workforce Development – Policy trends to develop an in-demand, highly skilled manufacturing industry workforce
  • Trade – Impacts of tariffs on steel, aluminum, and Canadian groundwood paper, as well as the future of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements
  • Postal – Creating a modern, financially stable USPS to prevent skyrocketing postal rates
  • Emerging Issues – Maintaining access to paper-based communications options, and data privacy issues
For more information or to register, visit

The deadline to enter the Premier Print Awards is TOMORROW - Friday, May 25, 2018! Samples must be received by May 30, 2018 for judging.

Show off superior design, production, and finishing in any of the 115 categories including traditional commercial printing and finishing, books, packaging, labels, point of sale displays, and more!  Top awardees in each category have an opportunity to win the coveted Benny, as well as promotion to the trade press and a celebration of the win in front of industry leaders at the Premier Print Awards reception featuring the InterTech Technology Awards in Chicago, IL on Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Secure the accolades and industry recognition your team deserves by entering the 2018 Premier Print Awards today at
Supreme Court Rules on Arbitration and Joint Litigation Waiver

The United States Supreme Court decided that it is legal for employers to require employees to agree to arbitration and waive their right to participate in a class action lawsuit or other collective actions. Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, No. 16-285, May 21, 2018.

Arbitration agreements are often used by companies as a way of managing risk should a dispute arise with a current or former employee. The legality of this type of arbitration agreements was unclear, as it seemed to violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The Supreme Court determined that the Federal Arbitration Act supersedes the NLRA on this issue. The Court was split 5-4 on the decision, with Justice Neil Gorsuch writing for the majority and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting.

The effect of this decision is that it protects employers from defending very costly class action lawsuits. The number of actions filed against employers is expected to drop because on an individual basis, the damages suffered by a single employee may not be enough to warrant filing suit. For instance, if a company has failed to pay overtime wages in violation of the FLSA and state law, each employee would be required to file an action against the employer individually, rather than joining together in a class action lawsuit. The cost of arbitrating individually, however, could likely exceed the missing overtime wages and other damages, which will discourage workers from bringing an action against their company.

If your company incorporates arbitration agreements and class action waivers in the new-hire paperwork, the Supreme Court says you can continue to do it. If your company does not use this agreement and waiver, it is time to consider including them in your new-hire paperwork.

If you have any questions, please contact Printing Industries of America's Director of Human Relations Adriane Harrison for assistance at 412-259-1707 or

Walking and Working Surfaces: Overview
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
Any job that requires working from heights involves a certain amount of risk, but with the right safety precautions in place, you can reduce the possibility of serious injuries occurring. Part of keeping your employees safe is knowing what options are available to you and what safety rules you need to follow. OSHA recently updated its Walking-Working Surfaces rule, providing new options for fall protection, training, and inspection requirements. In this session, Marci Kinter and Kaitlin Rundle will provide an overview of the rule changes and discuss resources available to you, including checklists and other compliance resources.
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Walking and Working Surfaces: Ladders
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
Many operations use ladders to complete daily tasks—including accessing elevated areas for repairs, installing products, or retrieving stock. Using a ladder may seem simple, but when used without proper training, it can actually be dangerous and lead to workplace injuries. According to OSHA, about 20% of workplace fatalities can be attributed to improper ladder use. Knowing how to correctly use a ladder and what safety regulations you should be following is essential to keeping your employees safe. In this session, Gary Jones discusses OSHA requirements for ladders, including use and training requirements. This webinar will also cover compliance resources, including checklists, available to you.
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The Evolution of Printing Plate Technology that is Causing a Revolution in How Printers Make Plates
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
Have you heard about printers that are reducing costs and streamlining operations by switching to process free plates, but you don't think they would work for your business? In this educational webinar presented by Kodak, you'll learn how a recent innovation in process free plate technology makes it possible for up to 80% of offset printers to now go process free.
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Walking and Working Surfaces: Fall Protection
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
OSHA recently issued a final rule on walking-working surfaces that included new sections regarding the use of personal fall protection systems. Among other changes, employers may now choose from several accepted fall protection systems including guardrails, safety nets, personal fall arrest systems, and others. The rule also adds new training requirements for employees using personal fall protection systems. In this webinar, Matthew Crownover will provide an overview of the new requirements, compliant fall protection options, and resources available to you.
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How to Ease the Pain of Change
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
The printing industry is changing—customer demands, growth products, technology, and continuous improvement efforts. The truth, though, is that people struggle with change. It's human. It's natural. But you can't let those natural human reactions to change hold you back. Find out how to ease the pain of change and help your team accept and embrace change more quickly—with lasting results.

How High Can You Go? How to Manage Legal and Illegal Drug Use In The Workplace
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
In this era of legalized marijuana and an ongoing opioid crisis, how can companies manage employees that may be using these or other drugs? Learn how to recognize impairment and implement policies that may reduce risk and create a safer work environment.
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