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Barran Liebman: Rescission of DACA and the Impact on Employers

Posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

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The Trump Administration announced that it is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program put in place under President Obama in 2012. DACA allows people who arrived in the United States as undocumented immigrant children to avoid deportation and to obtain two-year renewable work authorizations. The current date set for rescission of DACA is March 5, 2018. The six-month window is intended to give Congress time to pass legislation on the issue, and legal challenges to the rescission are already in the works.

Should the current plan move forward, the immediate impact for many employers is the potential for labor shortages. Current statistics indicate that nearly 700,000 of the 800,000 total DACA recipients are currently legally employed. If their work permits expire and those recipients face deportation, employers will be scrambling to find and train replacement workers, with certain industries and states hit particularly hard.

The mass deportation of DACA recipients may have a serious impact on the general economy as well, with some estimates of the cost to employers exceeding $6 billion. These expenses take a variety of forms, including decreased productivity, the cost of recruiting and training new hires, administrative costs, as well as potential legal fees should the employer voluntarily elect to defend the employee or employees (which some larger companies have already promised to do). There is also the impact of lost tax revenue, since DACA recipients currently pay federal, state, and local taxes as part of the program.

The most likely approach that the Trump Administration might take would be to stop approving new DACA applicants, and to stop renewing current recipients’ work permits. All work permits issued to DACA holders would continue to be valid until the expiration date on the permit. The current deadline to file a DACA application for renewal is October 5, 2017, and the initial/renewal DACA applications that were filed as of September 5, 2017, will continue to be adjudicated in the normal course. DACA holders should continue to save evidence of their continuous U.S. presence, including school transcripts, household bills, rent or mortgage receipts, medical records, taxes, and paystubs.

Employers face legal liability if they continue to employ workers after the expiration of their work permits, but also face the risk of discrimination claims if they improperly dismiss workers. DACA prohibits employers from discriminating against foreign-born applicants purely because they have temporary authorization. Therefore, if DACA is rescinded as planned, employers will be the ones that will have to implement the policy through carefully reviewing the status of their employees’ current work permit authorizations and pending expiration dates, and terminating DACA recipients once their work authorization expires (unless they are otherwise authorized to work in the U.S.).

In the meantime, employers should track the progress of the rescission process and keep an eye on important timelines.

For specific questions about how the DACA rescission impacts your workplace, contact Tyler Volm at (503) 276-2111 or

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10 Things Printers Can Teach Designers

Posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

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By: Marina Joyce

Designers are visual people and the best way to teach a visual person is to show them. Graphic designers are also curious people who generally like to see how things work. We all walk around with our cameras all day, lauding their efficiency for email, Slack, twitter and more. But it is the instant transmission of images and videos that make showing as easy-as-pie.

Here are 10 ways you can use your smartphone to reach out to your designer clients, add value to your company website and make life easier for yourself. (Sales managers, appoint one person to collect this kind of knowledge and disseminate to the whole sales team.

Coated Versus Uncoated: Sit down with a designer and have two paper swatchbooks in front of you and explain coated paper versus uncoated paper. You will have saved yourself countless hours of “it looks like postcard paper” descriptions, and the like.

Bleeds: Take a video of your guillotine cutter in action, preferably a job with a bleed. Zoom in on the crop marks, text it to your designer client. (Put it on your website too!)Grain. Look in your sample room for something with a nice black solid. Pull two samples.

Grain: Fold one sample with the grain Fold the other sample against the grain. Put them side-by-side folds-up and photograph with your phone. Open the image and crop to relevant image area and mark as a favorite in your phone for quick retrieval.

Waste=Cost: Show your client an illustration of paper waste for various page sizes. Here are some examples you can use: (Put it on your website too!)

Quantity matters: Walk into your pressroom and film a sheetfed press at the delivery end while it is running for 30 seconds. Confirm run speed with the pressman. Text video to client explaining that’s how long it takes for (insert quantity here) brochures/posters, etc. to run through the press and why they should opt for digital printing on this short run. (At 15,000 iph 30 seconds is 125 sheets, 8-up that’s 1,000 pieces!)

Printing is green: Calculate how many pounds of trim, corrugated and electronics you recycle each year (if your trim is picked up and weighed by a recycler they have this info). Next time your vendor picks up a container run out to the parking lot and take a pic. Put the photo on your website with an infographic of the tonnage you recycle annually. Explain that the trim and corrugated goes into future recycled paper products.

Ink can change color: Show your client this photo. Explain that the ink formulas with a high percentage of opaque white (basically all pastels) will shift within a year (swatch on left was two years old, on right six months, when photographed). Share that pastel colors are great for a short-lived item like an invitation and not so great for an identity system.

Paper makes a difference: Next time you’ve got an attractive job with photos that’s going to run on white paper, order some extra sheets of ivory, canary and grey uncoated paper. Add those colored sheets to the job and photograph the same detail area of all four colors. Make a montage (easy with the Layout app for iphone). Send this montage to a client who is wondering about running a job on colored stock and put it on your website too.

How to read a swatchbook: Oh boy, if I had a penny for every time a customer found the “perfect paper” in a swatch book and placed an order specifying that sheet only to find out there wasn’t enough, or it wasn’t stocking or that the chosen color had been discontinued … this is a great topic to discuss at a quick lunch with a new customer. Text her an image showing how to look up the date of a swatchbook. Then bring her some lunch and a few swatchbooks and show her how to “read” it.

Art takes time: Text your idea of a rudimentary schedule to your client as a pdf graphic that they can print out and pin to their idea wall. Next time they are working with a client to develop a timeline, they won’t guess and it saves both them and you a call/email.

I know that some will think that answering questions and fielding problems bring value to a client, and they do. But do they bring value to a business owner?

If staff is reacting/interacting at the 100-ft. level, how are they going to interact at the 30,000-ft. level with intention?

Focus on the little things with intention and planning and then the 30,000-ft. questions aren’t as scary. What are your clients’ plans for next year? Are you discussing budgets internally? Are they planning on launching any new products or services within the next six months? These conversations are really easy when “what do I need a bleed for” is taken care of.

Joyce has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of her book, “Designing For Print.” The book provides proven advice for designers on how to cost, schedule and build projects for success in digital, offset, letterpress or flexo printing.

Source: Printing Impressions

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MIS Study 2017 Released - Free Resource to Members!

Posted Thursday, September 7, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

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PPI national partner Printing Industries of America just published the latest Survey of Management Information Software, marking the 12th consecutive year we have produced this free, useful guide for members.

The survey results are compiled from questionnaires sent to MIS software vendors, documenting the functionality, cost, and other pertinent information for the vast majority of software packages. This year’s publication contains details on 45 software solutions and provides readers the ability to quickly locate software with specific features.

Member only access to this valuable resource:

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Under Theme “Vision 20/20” Komori Showcases the Future of Technology at PRINT 17

Posted Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

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The highlight in Komori America Corporation’s Booth #2607 at PRINT 17, being held at McCormick Place September 10-14, will be the Impremia IS29, Komori’s first-of-its-kind 29-inch inkjet, sheetfed UV printing system. Recipient of the Printing Industries of America’s 2017 InterTech™ Technology Award, the IS29 is designed to successfully meet customer demands for complex variable print requirements where size is a factor. The system has the capability to economically produce variable short-run, high-quality color printing not feasible on a traditional press, while making it possible to get to market quickly with reduced set-up costs and color output that rivals offset.

Combining the reliability of offset with the speed of inkjet technology, the IS29 is capable of printing on a wide range of stocks, including ordinary offset. It runs a 23x29 inch sheet, ideal for six-up print production with full variable print applications that can come off the machine directly to finishing. The IS29 operates in perfecting or straight mode, does not require pre-coated paper and runs at speeds of 3,000 sheets per hour in straight mode.

“Komori’s PRINT 17 theme, ‘Vision 20/20’ was chosen to underscore our continued focus to meet the changing needs of our industry with innovative solutions that expand opportunities and improve margins with the ability to produce diverse print communications,” said Susan Baines, director of marketing. “We look forward to showing visitors to our booth the many ways the Impremia IS29 delivers on that promise by filling the gap between mainstream offset and digital to offer highly relevant color output at a reasonable cost.”

Visitors to Print 17 are also welcome to visit Komori’s Rolling Meadows, IL Graphic Technology Center to see a host of other products and solutions. The Komori Graphic Center houses a Screen Truepress Jet520HD, a Highcon Euclid III digital laser creasing and cutting system, as well as a Lithrone G40-more-perfector with H-UV and a newly installed Lithrone GLX40. “Our focus is on helping our customers grow their businesses to the next level. Komori’s wide range of solutions coupled with our kando customer philosophy is Komori’s commitment to be a true business partner that fully supports printers with solutions and services that increase their productivity and their profitability,” says Baines.

About Komori America Corporation

Tokyo-based Komori Corporation, a premier manufacturer of printing solutions, provides excellent technology especially suited for today’s highly competitive printing marketplace. Delivering a high level of print quality coupled with impressively fast makeready and open systems architecture, Komori presses help printers achieve the higher productivity and efficiency levels essential for increased margins and business growth. Komori America Corporation headquarters are in Rolling Meadows, IL with sales and service organizations throughout North America.

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Hazardous Waste Rule Update: Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Training

Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Jules VanSant.

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality invites businesses and industries that handle hazardous waste to sign up for a class covering the newly adopted Hazardous Waste Rule for Solvent-Contaminated Wipes. This course will detail the steps to meet both federal and state requirements.

Hazardous waste technical experts from DEQ will lead each class. Registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis. DEQ can accommodate a maximum of 28 people at the in-person training and unlimited attendance for the internet webinar training. See individual class listings for registration contacts. View the complete course outline/schedule and registration instructions at the DEQ Hazardous Waste Training page.

If you are unable to access this link, please email for assistance.

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