PSDA's HR Corner: Advice on Piece-Rate Pay
By Claudia St. John, president, Affinity HR Group LLC
Q: We pay our summer help on a piece-rate basis. We calculate the amount of work they should be able to process in a one-hour period and pay them the equivalent of minimum wage for that work. If the employee performs less than the required work, is it okay to pay them less than the minimum wage for that work?
A: No, for most non-exempt positions, you must ensure that the employee is earning minimum wage. In addition, you also need to make sure the employee is paid time and a half for all time worked over 40 hours in a work week. Therefore, you will need to keep track of the employee’s time and ensure that they don’t earn less than the minimum wage in your state.
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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Clemson Offers Mailing, Fulfillment and Marketing Services Webinar Series to PSDA
Once again this summer, the Department of Graphic Communications at Clemson University is teaching an online class on “Mailing, Fulfillment and Marketing Services” and is offering it to the industry as a webinar series. The webinar series runs from May 27 through July 29.
The class is not designed for mail specialists; rather it is for the CSR, sales rep, designer, planner or even the operator of the press equipment to help them understand the critical elements in the mail prep. Almost every printer can tell a story about a mail mistake that cost them thousands of dollars in lost postage savings. This series is designed to educate your team as to what to look for, what to avoid and how to maximize the potential customer response rates.
You can pick and chose which webinar sessions you want to share with your employees, you can watch all 20, or you can pick the five or six that best fit your company. The topics include basic USPS guidelines for First Class Mail and Standard Mail, mailpiece design, database management, mail prep software applications, basic elements of a fulfillment operation, fulfillment implementation procedures, trade show support and opportunities, marketing strategies for the print industry, and how to track and measure the results. A full schedule is available online.
There will be 20 sessions approximately 50 minutes each, and all will be available until Sept. 30 for viewing. The cost is $400 for the 10 weeks/20 webinars, but PSDA members receive a $50 discount.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. John Leininger.
Go Beyond Print
The first issue of Beyond Print, the free, digital-only publication optimized for tablet devices, is now available. Taking readers beyond the print edition of Print Solutions and into a space that's customized, interactive and easy to scan.
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Member and Industry News
Repacorp Celebrates 40th Anniversary
PSDA member Repacorp, a label company known for its 760 stock labels and tags, is proud to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its founding this year.
Forty years ago, Repacorp's co-founders, Jim and Pat Adams, set up Repacorp in the bedroom of their home as a company representing printing corporations, thus the name “Rep-A-Corp.” Today, Repacorp is a $35 million company, housing two wide format digital presses, two RFID presses, 23 flexographic presses and five digital presses with laser cutting in three manufacturing facilities located in Ohio, Wisconsin and Arizona.
Reflecting on the last 40 years, Rick Heinl, chief executive officer of Repacorp, said: “Wow, 40! So many things have changed in the label business, from type setting to rubber plates, to Cyrel® plates, to computer-to-plate, and now to digital. One of the most amazing changes to me has been the digital revolution and laser die cutting.”
“Repacorp has truly been blessed to be in business 40 years, and I am so grateful that my career was in this field. I would highly suggest to young people if they are not sure what to get into, they should consider a profession in the label industry,” Heinl said.
Safeguard Acquires Assets of QBF Inc.
PSDA member Safeguard Vice President R. Scott Sutton recently announced that the company has completed its acquisition of the assets of Plymouth, Minn., based QBF Inc. (QBF). Terms of the acquisition were not announced. QBF was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest providers of diversified marketing products and services in the Midwest. The company provides a wide array of product and services to customers, including print, cross media marketing, POS, apparel and promotional products, and business and technology services. Using its robust EPchannel software platform, QBF provides a powerful suite of e-business applications that enable customers to optimize and control their print and promotion supply chain while allowing users to create highly personalized and brand-consistent communications.
QBF is the latest addition to the Safeguard network, which, since 2008, has completed more than 85 transactions involving some of the most respected enterprises in the industry, and includes 10 of the Top 50 Distributors, as published by Print Solutions magazine. As a result of the success generated by Safeguard's Business Acquisitions and Mergers team, Safeguard recently became the first company in the industry to receive a coveted Dealmaker of the Year award by Franchise Times magazine.
Innovative Business Products to Hold Event Celebrating its 10th Anniversary
PSDA member Innovative Business Products is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary on Aug. 13, 2014. Founded in 2004, IBP has doubled both its staff (from three to six full-time employees) and sales in 10 years. Since its founding, the company's focus has changed from strictly print, promotional, statement processing and direct mail to being a strategic sourcing partner. “Our e-commerce platform, IBP Online, is how we help our clients most,” said Joe Walkup, the company's president.
IBP is celebrating its anniversary on Aug. 13 at LP Field East Stadium Club. The event will be a promotional products show with more than 50 vendors in attendance. All clients are welcome!
Formax Reveals New Design for Pressure Sealers
PSDA member Formax recently announced a fresh new design and increased capacity for its introductory level pressure sealers: the low-volume FD 1402, the mid-volume FD 1502 and the mid-volume FD 1502Plus with integrated conveyor. These three replace the FD 1400, FD 1500 and FD 1500Plus.
Each of the new models features a contemporary design and color scheme, increased speed, redesigned fold plates that are clearly marked and easier to adjust, LED indicators, 14” form length capacity, and a drop-in top-feed system for dependable feeding with no paper fanning required.
The FD 1402 low-volume sealer now has a speed of up to 73 forms per minute, a hopper capacity of up to 160 sheets, and features a new six-digit resettable counter for maximum audit control. The FD 1502 mid-volume model has a speed of up to 100 forms per minute, a hopper capacity of up to 200 sheets, and with its extended fold plate, it can process four common folds, custom folds, and eccentric Z and C-fold applications. The FD 1502Plus mid-volume sealer offers the convenience of a built-in outfeed conveyor and can process up to 6,250 forms per hour, with a hopper capacity of up to 200 sheets. It has the ability to process four common folds, custom folds, and eccentric Z and C-fold applications.