PSDA's HR Corner: Expert Advice on Christmas Paydays
By Claudia St. John, president, Affinity HR Group LLC
Q: Christmas falls on our normal payday. When that happens, can we pay employees when we return from the holidays?
A: No. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees' payday be established and not vary from week to week or month to month. If they can't be paid on the established payday, it is best to opt for paying employees early rather than late. That's why we recommend that employers give themselves a few days (up to a week) between when they process payroll and payday so that if there is a problem or a holiday, they have the option to pay employees early (rather than late).
Affinity HR Group LLC is a consulting firm and PSDA partner that specializes in providing human resources assistance to associations and their member companies.
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All PSDA member companies receive discounted pricing on Affinity HR Group's wide variety of services. For more information, visit the group's website.
Beyond Print Issue 2: Innovation & Excitement
Is your business innovative? Do you look for creative solutions to grow your business and solve industry challenges? Each day, PSDA members are taking the print industry head on: updating, creating and inventing — all sparked by innovation and spirit.
Learn more about the strategies and spirit of PSDA in the newest edition of our free, digital magazine, Beyond Print — available now for download. In the newest edition, read about three companies that were sparked by innovation and learn about the promising spirit of our young industry.
To download today, search "Beyond Print" in the App Store, Google Play or Amazon App Store.
View the "Attract and Retain Millennial" Webinar on YouTube
PSDA's Young Innovators Committee is excited to have recently launched the first in a series of webinars designed to address these topics. The recording of "Attract and Retain the Millennial Generation for Print Sales" addresses a problem facing many companies: the "job-hopping" of the millennial generation.
Check it out.
Member and Industry News
Why "Going Paperless" Is Not the Way to Save North American Forests
Brought to you by PSDA partner Two Sides, here are five key reasons why going paperless will not save North American forests.
1. Our forests are growing due to sustainable forestry practices.
2. Paper production is not a main cause of forest loss (deforestation).
3. Most trees don't go into pulp and paper.
4. Forest products provide an incentive for forest owners to keep land as forest.
5. Paper is one of many products from sustainably managed forests.
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InfoTrends Study Will Reveal Critical Insight into Who Buys Wide-Format Digital Printing
Digital wide-format printing is a growth area in the printing industry. Sign and display graphics are an integral part of the communication mix and represent a major opportunity for print service providers and digital wide-format equipment and product suppliers. In addition, digital wide-format printing devices are enabling the production of new and innovative applications.
Developing innovative products and services begins with understanding key trends and demands in wide-format buyer and provider markets. PSDA partner InfoTrends' study "Who Buys Wide Format Printing?" will uncover key market trends driving demand for digital wide-format printing, application growth, and technology investment in Western Europe and the United States through surveys and interviews with buyers of wide-format graphics and providers of digital wide-format printing and services.
American Solutions for Business Acquires Cannon Advertising Specialties Inc.
PSDA member American Solutions for Business pf Glenwood, Minnestoa, recently announced the acquisition of Cannon Advertising Specialties Inc.
Cannon was established in 1982 as a division of a full-service advertising agency and has become a premium supplier of promotional marketing solutions to clients in the Cleveland area, throughout the United States and overseas. The company's evolution has paralleled the consistent growth seen in the promotional products industry during the past few decades.
"We're pleased to welcome the Cannon group to the American family," said Justin Zavadil, executive vice president at ASB. "Like us, Cannon has built its business and reputation through strong relationships, creative solutions and quality service."
Operating out of a 1909 school building on the edge of downtown Cleveland, Cannon has renovated its facility to creatively display 10,000 products in eight unique "classroom" areas. The distinctive showroom will serve as a hub for ASB's recruitment efforts as the company looks to expand its footprint in the Cleveland market.
"Our team is pleased to become part of the American family," said Ross Salupo, owner of Cannon Advertising Specialties Inc. "Under their umbrella, we will have access to tools and resources we never could have obtained on our own, and we'll be able to offer a wider range of products and services than ever before."
Scientists Develop Rewritable Plastic Paper
According to Chemistry World, rewritable paper that uses dyes that respond to ultraviolet light instead of ink has been developed by U.S. scientists. The dyed paper may be a solution to growing environmental problems associated with the use of regular paper.
Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, created the rewritable "paper" by covering a plastic film with the redox dye methylene blue and adding a titanium dioxide catalyst. They then created photomasks that only allowed ultraviolet light through in specific patterns such as images or blocks of text.
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