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May 11, 2016
Dear Member, here is your weekly e-flash!

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MAY'S SPECIAL PRICING ON EXPERIAN REPORTS

Experian has been PIASC’s buying power partner for several years and during the month of May is offering members in good standing a special discount for a limited time only. Get the Business Credit Advantage plan during the month of May, which is regularly $149.00, for only $74.50! Click here to read more about the Business Credit Advantage plan and to get started.

You can trust Experian for your Business Credit Report needs. They offer:

  • Easy-to-read business credit reports
  • Search free before buying
  • Flexible options for one or many reports
  • Reliable business credit score factors
  • Change alerts for business credit protection
  • Verified data on more than 27 million businesses
  • Secure access via safe credit card transaction
  • No sales calls or gimmicks

If you have any question about the Experian reports, contact Maribel Campos at 323.728.9500, ext. 210.

 









 
LEGISLATION PASSED ON MAY 4 WILL SOON CHANGE SMOKING...

On May 4, Governor Brown signed a package of bills relating to smoking. In part, the new legislation will:

--Treat the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices that contain nicotine as “smoking” – thus extending existing smoking bans to cover such products.

--Expand smoke-free workplace protections by getting rid of most of the existing exemptions that permitted smoking in certain work environments, such as bars, hotel lobbies, warehouse facilities and employer-designated smoking break rooms.

--Expand the workplace smoking ban to include owner-operated businesses.

--Raise the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21, except for active military personnel.

Because these measures were enacted as part of a special session of the legislature, they generally take effect the 91st day after the special session’s adjournment – which is June 9 in this case.

Other legislation passed as part of the package related to tobacco-retailer licensing fees and to expanding tobacco prevention funds to charter schools.

An employer’s duty is to provide a safe and healthy work environment so check your employment rules and regulations regarding tobacco use and be in compliance with the expanded laws on smoking effective June 9, 2016. If you have any questions, contact Cheryl Chong at 323.728.9500, ext. 218.

 

PRINT MAKES A POSITIVE IMPRESSION

Physical brochures make a better impression after a sales call than just directing prospects to your website. This is just one of this month’s Talking Points at www.ChoosePrint.org.

More Reasons to Choose Print
There are so many reasons to choose print that the www.ChoosePrint.org website is updated every month! Visit the site today for:

  • A new video on busting myths about print and paper
  • Two new case studies
  • The latest articles about print
  • And more

Check it out!

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF CPR AND FIRST AID CERTIFICATION

Have you registered for Certified First Aid & CPR Training scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at PIASC?

Being trained in CPR and first aid can be invaluable when someone is in serious medical distress. These techniques can help save someone who has suffered a heart attack, or any number of other emergency situations.

It can take as little as six minutes for the brain to die when it is not being supplied by oxygenated blood. Administering CPR can prevent serious brain injury. In severe bone injuries, knowing how to set or immobilize the bone can mean the difference between a full recovery and not being able to bear weight on the bone in the future. Cuts that are not properly cleaned can become infected. In the minutes immediately following an injury, how fast someone is treated can have a large impact on the future health of the injured person.

Space is limited to 12 registrants so sign up now. Contact Emily Holguin at 323.728.9500, ext. 262. To download a flyer, click here.

 

DR. JOE WEBB: 19 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF IMPROVED U.S. COMMERCIAL PRINTING SHIPMENTS

U.S. commercial printing shipments have increased compared to the prior year for 19 consecutive months.

March 2016 shipments were up +$85 million (+1.1%) in current dollars compared to 2015, and +$22 million (+0.3%) after adjusting for inflation. February 2016 shipments were revised up by $2 million.

Q1-2016 shipments were up +$199 million (+1.0%) on an inflation-adjusted basis compared to 2015.

The Commerce Department will be releasing revised historical data on May 18th. The revisions often have surprises. There are usually significant changes for the last three years data and minor seasonality adjustments for the two or three years’ data prior to that. WhatTheyThink.com will report the nature and extent of the revisions shortly after their release, and run the statistical forecasting models with the new historical data in time for their "Mondays with Dr. Joe" column on May 23rd.

Source: WhatTheyThink?

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ISSUES A REVISED FMLA POSTER

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a revised FMLA poster (W1420a REV 04/16). The DOL states that the February 2013 version of the FMLA poster is still good and can be used to fulfill the posting requirement. Click here to access the new poster.

A revised FMLA Employer’s Guide was also issued.

Employers with 50 or more employees should download this document to review the updated information.

If you have any questions, contact Cheryl Chong at 323.728.9500, ext. 218.

 

CLOSE DIFFICULT TEAM MEETINGS ON A POSITIVE NOTE

When you’re discussing a tough situation with your team—how to deal with having fewer employees to do the group’s work after a layoff, for example—don’t end the meeting negatively. You should discuss the problem in detail, but spending the entire meeting on problems and obstacles will leave everyone demoralized. Instead, close by generating at least a few ideas for solutions—outsourcing, cross training, etc. Send people off with something positive to work on so they have some energy to move forward.

Source: The Manager’s Intelligence Report

 

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Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do.
~Unknown 

 

 

BUYING POWER OF THE MONTH

 

 

EDUCATIONAL AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Breakfast with Bob and Gerry

May 12th | 7:30am
The Breakfast Club of Long Beach, 3900 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

Certified First Aid & CPR Training
June 8th | 8:00am | $60 members (non-members $90)

Cocktails and Conversations

August 4th | 5:30pm
Bodega Wine Bar, 260 E. Colorado Blvd. #208, Pasadena, CA 91101

August 11th | 5:30pm
JT Schmid's Resturant & Brewery, 2610 E Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806

WEBINARS

Conflict Recognition and Resolution
Tuesday, June 7th | 8:00 AM | FREE!

Get Noticed, Get Promoted and Build your Professional Brand
Tuesday, December 13th | 8:00 AM | FREE!

 

Contact

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5800 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 728-9500