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Required accommodations for pregnant employees in Washington

Posted Monday, July 16, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

The Washington State Office of the Attorney General has released a guide for employees and employers on specific civil rights that pregnant employees have under Washington state law.

The guide, available as a flyer in both Spanish and English, lays out the accommodations an employer must provide under a law passed in 2017 for employers with 15 or more employees.

The flyer outlines what pregnancy accommodation laws are, the rights that pregnant employees have in the workplace, which practices are prohibited for employers and how pregnant employees can report pregnancy accommodation violations.

Every employer must allow the following accommodations for pregnant employees, without requiring the employee to provide a written note from a healthcare professional:

  • Provide frequent, longer, or flexible restroom breaks;

  • Modify a no food or drink policy;

  • Provide seating or allowing the employee to sit more frequently; and

  • Limit lifting to 17 pounds or less.

In addition to these accommodations, upon request, an employer must provide a pregnant employee additional accommodations if the request does not pose a significant difficulty or expense to employers. An employer may require a health care professional’s written certification for these accommodations:

  • Job restructuring, including modifying a work schedule, job reassignment, changing a work station, or providing equipment;

  • Providing a temporary transfer to a less strenuous or hazardous position;

  • Scheduling flexibility for prenatal visits; and

  • Providing any further accommodations the employee may need.

Free copies of the Attorney General’s Pregnant Workers’ Accommodation Rights flyer can be downloaded here.

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PIA Seeks Participants for a New Continuous Improvement Peer Group

Posted Monday, July 16, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

Peer GroupAre you responsible for your organization’s process improvement and Lean manufacturing activities? Do you wish there was a group of like-minded individuals that you could communicate and interact with on a regular basis to share and grow your continuous improvement knowledge? Then look no further!

Printing Industries of America is creating a unique opportunity and seeking participants for its first-ever Continuous Improvement (CI) Peer Group. This new group will meet three times a year, once in person to share ideas and exchange valuable real-world knowledge. The goal of this group is to help members perform their jobs more effectively and learn from the experiences of their fellow industry peers. Represented companies must be engaged in continuous improvement activities and initiatives.

To learn more about the peer group, email Jim Workman, Vice President of the Center for Technology and Research at An informational webinar will be held on July 19, 2018.

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Keep Your I-9s Current

Posted Monday, July 16, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will have three times more enforcement officers and plans to have five times more enforcement actions this year. To protect your company from civil and/or criminal penalties for hiring unauthorized workers, be sure to have completed I-9 forms in the employee files in case of an ICE inspection. You can find the I-9 forms and information here.

You may ask for the I-9 information only after an offer of employment has been extended and accepted. Companies can make offers contingent on eligibility for employment, but be sure to treat all candidates equally. When requesting information, providing employees with the list of appropriate documentation from columns A, B, and C may help avoid pitfalls. You may not request any additional information or documents from anyone. To avoid potential discrimination allegations, the required information may be requested from only current or future employees and remember to treat everyone equally.

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2018 Survey of Management Information Systems Published

Posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—Printing Industries of America has released the 2018 Survey of Management Information Systems. This in-depth publication is a resource for companies considering an investment in management information system (MIS) software and is offered as a free member benefit to Printing Industries of America members.

The publication is based on an extensive questionnaire completed by MIS providers of 44 different software programs currently available in the graphic communications industry, covering functions such as accounting, estimating, scheduling, job tickets, inventory, fulfillment, mailing, and automation. Technical requirements are listed as are costs, training, and software support. The 340-page electronic document is bookmarked to allow for easy navigation between sections and to locate MIS software with specific features.

2018 Survey of Management Information Systems (PDF) is available for download here. For information about the Survey, please contact Jim Workman, Vice President of The Center for Technology and Research at 412-259-1710 or email

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Komori Adds New Eight-color Lithrone G37P Perfector to its 37-inch Sheetfed Presses

Posted Monday, July 9, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

LithoroneRolling Meadows, IL, June 12, 2018Komori America announced today the introduction of an eight-color Lithrone G37P perfector capable of one-pass double-sided printing. Combining functionality and design, the Lithrone G37P is designed with a compact body size. Moreover, the press can be equipped with a wide range of options, including Komori’s proprietary H-UV or H-UV L (LED), both of which are extremely efficient curing systems. To thoroughly optimize the print output, the optional PQA-S Print Quality Assessment System can be added to inspect every sheet for defects and continuously adjust ink keys to maintain consistent color throughout the run—all at maximum speed. The PQA-S works in conjunction with the PDC-SX Spectral Print Density Control by combining automatic register functions with deep analysis of print characteristics, such as grey balance, dot gains and Delta E, ensuring the highest level of print quality. Capable of both significant labor savings and high productivity, the Lithrone G37P sets a new standard in 37-inch presses.

The perfecting mechanism of this new press does not require any gripper change as the sheet is flipped; instead, the entire gripper mechanism rotates after taking the tail of the sheet from the vacuum cylinder. This design adds stability and reliability when turning the sheet, with a huge reduction in maintenance requirements. The simplicity of the Lithrone G37P delivers high quality output at high production speeds. Additionally, the ability of the press to reduce the initial set-up and production cost on materials such as plates, blankets and rollers supports the Lithrone G37’s ability to generate profitability.

The new eight-color Lithrone G37P will be debuted at Komori’s pre-IGAS (International Graphic Arts Show) event at Komori’s Tsukuba Plant in Tsukuba City, Japan on June 14-15, 2018. It will also be exhibited and demonstrated at IGAS 2018 beginning on July 26.

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 in 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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