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August 3, 2016
Dear Member, here is your weekly e-flash!



ARE YOU PROTECTING YOUR SYSTEMS FROM CYBER ATTACKS?

Cyber criminals are on the rise and often try to gain access to a company’s network through weaknesses in the system. They do this through hacking or sending bogus e-mails urging recipients to click on a link and surprisingly, many do.

There are many ways criminals launch attacks that can freeze your operations and if they occur, your operations could be disrupted or completely shut down, leaving you scrambling.

Join us at Breakfast with Bob during the month of September to get information as to how to protect your company from internet pirates, hackers and extortionists. Our special guests are Chris Nelson, CIO and Dustin Scott, Field Manager from GDR Consulting—PIASC’s Member Discount Partner for computer and data consulting and they will be prepared to give us tips to secure our systems.

Ask yourself the following questions and if you don’t know or not sure, attending Breakfast with Bob is a must!

  • Is your system safe from internet pirates… hackers and extortionists?
  • Is your customers’ data safe from them?
  • How can you prevent an attack?
  • How can you recover from it?

Make your reservations now for any of the following dates by contacting Emily Holguin at 323.728.9500, ext. 262, clicking below.

September 6th | 7:30am
Mimi's Café, 10909 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga 91730

September 7th | 7:30am
Green Street Restaurant, 146 Shoppers Lane, Pasadena 91101

September 8th | 7:30am
Brent's Deli, 19565 Parthenia Street, Northridge 91324

September 20th | 7:30am
Mimi's Cafe, 17231 E. 17th St., Tustin 92780

September 21st | 7:30am
Norm's, 11001 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064

September 22nd | 7:30am
West Bistro, 3900 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach 90807


















 
NEW FEDERAL POSTING REQUIREMENTS

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in mid-July announced two poster changes—Federal Minimum Wage and Employment Polygraph Protection Act. The DOL made the changes two weeks ago and set a mandatory compliance date of August 1, 2016.

Federal Minimum Wage Poster: Even though California has a higher minimum wage rates than the federal rate, employers still must post the federal notice. Several changes were made to this poster, including

  • New information discussing the consequences of incorrectly classifying workers as independent contractors.
  • New information relating to the rights of nursing mothers; and
  • Updated information regarding enforcement by the DOL

Employee Polygraph Protection Act Poster: Revisions to this poster focus on new contact information for the DOL and delete reference to the penalty amount for violation of the law.

You may download a pdf of the posters (either in color or black and white) at the following links:

Minimum Wage: Black or Color

Polygraph Protection: Black or Color

If you have any questions, contact Gerry Bonetto at 323.728.9500, ext. 248.

 

RESEARCH SHOWS THAT PRINT WORKS

This month six research studies were added to the Research Archive page at www.ChoosePrint.org! Highlights of the findings include the following:

  • Magazines have staying power: 76% of readers still have the old edition of a magazine in hand when the new edition arrives
  • Direct mail gets noticed: 66% of direct mail is opened; of that, 82% is read for a minute or more.
  • Millennials love catalogs: 50% look forward to receiving them, 40% buy more when they get one, and 49% wish more of their favorite companies had one.

Check it out!

 

HOW CAN YOU MANAGE YOUR TIME BETTER?

One of the best approaches to time management is to acknowledge that no one can do everything. Yet, many time management trainers still focus on schedules and productivity instead of prioritization, energy and coping with distractions. The truth is that time is limited and you are a finite resource. The effort to “keep up” can make you feel like you’re not able to finish anything.

As Peter Bregman put it in the Harvard Business Review, “The idea that we can get it all done is the biggest myth in time management.” That can be a hard admission to make, and the fact might seem depressing to go-getters. Yet Bregman explains that this realization is empowering because, “Once we admit that we aren’t going to get it all done, we’re in a much better position to make explicit choices about what we are going to do.” READ MORE >>

 

HOW DO YOU CALCULATE YOUR COSTS?

Improved printing technology has amplified the debate about the cost crossover point between production devices and also between different production methods. In lieu of making precise, time-consuming calculations, printing companies have been willing to accept the generic calculations of suppliers or consultants.

PIA's PrintAS Cost Calculator (version 2.0) gives member companies an easy-to-use tool to ensure informed decisions are made in estimating the appropriateness of a particular print solution. The calculator prompts members to input all of the factors that impact the cost structure of specific jobs for digital, offset, or both. It then determines the precise cost crossover point between the different configurations.

Now that the cost calculator can determine the least expensive process for any job, members can avoid making decisions based on an imperfect rule-of-thumb, but rather on the conditions and rules of their own operation.

Download the calculator here - it's FREE (PIA login required). Please send your comments or questions on the calculator to research@printing.org.

 

CHOOSE THE RIGHT FOOD TO COMBAT STRESS

We all have our go-to foods when we’re stressed out—chocolate cake or a bowl of ice cream. But certain foods can actually help you relax without blowing your diet. Consider these alternatives:

  • Leafy greens. Spinach, lettuce, and other leafy vegetables can help your brain produce dopamine, which can calm you down.
  • Turkey. The tryptophan in turkey boosts serotonin levels, relieving depression.
  • Salmon. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can inhibit hormones that cause stress.
  • Cashews. The zinc in these nuts can reduce anxiety and depression.

 

e-Quote

The first wealth is health.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

MEMBER DISCOUNT OF THE MONTH

 

EDUCATIONAL AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Cocktails and Conversations

August 4th | 5:30pm
Bodega Wine Bar, 300 East Colorado Blvd. #208, Pasadena, CA 91101

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

PRINT 101: An Introduction to Graphic Communications
August 16th | 8:00am-3:30pm | $75 member ($100 non-member)
Fullerton College, Printing Department, Building 900
321 E Chapman Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832

Breakfast With Bob

September 6th | 7:30am
Mimi's Café, 10909 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga 91730

September 7th | 7:30am
Green Street Restaurant, 146 Shoppers Lane, Pasadena 91101

September 8th | 7:30am
Brent's Deli, 19565 Parthenia Street, Northridge 91324

September 20th | 7:30am
Mimi's Cafe, 17231 E. 17th St., Tustin 92780

September 21st | 7:30am
Norm's, 11001 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064

September 22nd | 7:30am
West Bistro, 3900 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach 90807

LabelExpo Americas 2016
September 13-15th
Rosemont/Chicago, IL
Use code: PIAS20 when registering for the Educational Sessions for 20% off.

Women in Print Communications Luncheon
September 14th | 11:00am | $40 ($65 non-member)
Pacific Palms Resort, City of Industry
(lunch is provided)

Graph Expo 2016
September 25th to 28th
FREE EXHIBIT FLOOR PASS (Members Only)
Orange County Convention Center—North Hall
Orlando, FL

 

WEBINARS

All the Leader You Can Be: How to Develop Extraordinary Executive Presence
August 17th | 9:00 AM | FREE!

Get Big Things Done: Unleash Your Connectional Intelligence
September 21st | 9:00 AM | FREE!

Training Our Brains: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Leadership
November 9th | 9:00 AM | FREE!

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

 

Contact

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