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17
Jan

Workplace Harassment Webinar:

The Climate Has Changed - What Every Printing Firm Must Do Now!

 

Now is the time to review your company’s policies and procedures on workplace harassment!

Over the past few months, we have all heard detailed news accounts of high profile and shocking incidents of workplace harassment. Heightened media coverage and the #MeToo movement continue to shine a spotlight on this serious problem. Workplace harassment claims often blind-side employers. They are high-risk, expensive, and perhaps the most difficult to defend of all employment related lawsuits.  Particularly frustrating for an employer is that, despite repeated attempts at educating their workforces about policies and legal requirements, something is getting lost in the translation. Even workers that have undergone harassment training many times cannot seem to apply the rules to their everyday work lives. The result is unacceptable workplace conduct, lawsuits, and significant liability exposure.

On February 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM (ET), a consortium of regional and national printing trade associations will be conducting an important webinar on this timely topic. Sponsoring organizations include Printing Industries Alliance, PPI, PGAMA, PICA, PINE, GAA, PIAG and Idealliance. This webinar, entitled “Workplace Harassment: The Climate Has Changed! What Every Printing Firm Must Do Now!” will address this “lost in translation” frustration for employers.   The webinar is being conducted by the experienced employment attorneys of Ferrara Fiorenza PC who will present a unique and innovative perspective on this topic, along with practical and meaningful harassment law compliance strategies.

Webinar topics include:

•    The challenging and ever-changing nature of harassment law.  From its origins in federal case law in the 1980s to the present, the definition of harassment has continued to evolve. Compliance has become a moving target. Perhaps the greatest challenge for both employers and their employees is following the difficult to decipher “code of workplace conduct” made necessary by the law. The presenters will decipher the code for you.

•    A practical and useful explanation of harassment. Put the typical legal jargon aside – it’s not helping! Our webinar will offer participants an easy-to-understand and apply spectrum of behaviors that the law prohibits. Period.  The broad range of that spectrum may surprise you.

•    Best practices in this new climate. The foundation of any employer’s compliance program is a strong anti- harassment policy, comprehensive training and the ability to apply a policy’s written word effectively.  Our program will explore the EEOC’s current compliance rules and provide meaningful strategies for investigating complaints; reaching proper conclusions (even in “he-said, she-said” scenarios); taking appropriate remedial action; and preventing retaliation.

All registrants also receive the detailed Ferrara Fiorenza “Workplace Harassment Desk Book” (via email). This timely resource provides a comprehensive guide to addressing and minimizing harassment risk, including a step-by-step investigation strategy.

Who Should Attend?  Owners, top managers, human resources staff, trainers and others associated with the development of strategies for managing people in your organization.

About The Presenter

Nicholas J. Fiorenza is the President and Managing Partner of the Ferrara Fiorenza PC law firm. A graduate of the George Washington University law school, his practice is dedicated to representation and counsel of employers with respect to all aspects of employment and labor relations law as well as offering expanded business counseling to his private sector clients. He is also the Manager of Delacroix Consulting Group, LLC, the Firm’s affiliated human resources management consulting firm. He serves as General Counsel to Printing Industries Alliance where he provides employment law advice and other legal services to association members. In addition to his active practice, Mr. Fiorenza has developed and presented comprehensive managerial workshops on a myriad of employment-related topics, including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, affirmative action obligations, effective management and leadership, administration of workplace discipline, and general compliance with all aspects of Federal and State employment law. He is a frequent speaker and author with respect to such topics. The law firm of Ferrara Fiorenza PC offers a practice dedicated exclusively to private and public sector employers in the labor relations and employment law areas. The highly regulated environment of Human Resources Law demands representation founded in a thorough understanding of the many challenges facing today’s employer.

To register for “Workplace Harassment: The Climate Has Changed! What Every Printing Firm Must Do Now!" - Click here to register online (see upcoming events) or download registration form Cost to register is $89.00 for members of Printing Industries Alliance and other sponsoring organizations. Non-members can register for $129. All registrants will receive the “Workplace Harassment Desk Book” (via email). Registrants will be contacted prior to the webinar with log-in instructions. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-CPSM.

Questions? Contact Printing Industries Alliance at 716-691-3211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tim Freeman, President
Printing Industries Alliance
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17
Jan

OSHA Now Requires Electronic Reporting of OSHA 300a Form

*** Update on this year's reporting requirements

Beginning this year, there is an amendment to the record-keeping OSHA standard that includes electronically reporting your company's 300A form directly to OSHA (in addition to posting at your facility). This is an OSHA mandate. All printing firms with more than 20 employees are required to comply. The details for this amendment are included in an updated version of the OSHA 300 Form Webinar (towards the end of the recording). See information below to access the webinar recording. Printing Industries Alliance will also include details on this new requirement in an upcoming newsletter issue.

***PIA has prepared a brief webinar on preparing the OSHA 300a Form

It's that most wonderful time of the year, AGAIN, when we are required to prepare the OSHA 300 log, post Form 300A by February 1st, and keep it posted through the last day of April, for all to see. If your company employs more than 10 people or is responsible for more than 10 employees, you are required by law to prepare the log.

Most of you are familiar with the log, but if not, or if you feel a refresher wouldn't hurt, or you feel you may not be totally current with the most recent changes, PIA has recorded a (brief) webinar [free for PIA members], which will help bring you up to date.

The webinar is jam-packed with excitement, intrigue and suspense. NOT!

Unfortunately, it's just all stuff you need to know if you wish to be in OSHA compliance. Pure torture, but it's only about 30 minutes long. The webinar will review the various aspects of the OSHA standard and help guide you through the proper preparation of the log forms.

The most difficult part of preparing the log is to know the entry criteria. What needs to be reported, what needn't be reported. In our webinar, a detailed review of the reporting criteria is presented. The correct preparation of the log is critical. Often, in order to cover their bases, companies will record everything and anything that befalls an employee. Don't do that. During an OSHA inspection, the compliance officer will review the log. The next step to the inspection will be based on what the log tells the compliance officer. Lots of entries... the officer may be sticking around a lot longer than you would like them to. No entries make them feel as though they may need to look a bit closer. Accurate record keeping is the key. Remember, only job related illnesses or injuries are to be recorded. And of course, not having the log, onto itself, will render a hefty citation.

Having nothing to do with OSHA, but should you be entertaining selling the business or perhaps luring investors, they too will want to see the log. OSHA requires the company to maintain the logs for five years. Potential buyers or investors will want to see them as well. They will want to know if there may be any hidden liabilities that could await them. 

How to access the Webinar

 Visit https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/RKforms.html to download Form 300, 301 and 300A.

Form 300 Logs the Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, Form 300A is the Summary (that's the form to be posted) and Form 301 is the injury and Illness Incident Report. The accompanying instruction sheets will help guide you in preparing the forms. 

Go to https://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=2rt3jp, complete a short registration form and the webinar will automatically start playing. Ready Talk will prompt you to download software, at no charge, if required to play the webinar.

So take the time to ensure you are up to date with this compliance by reviewing the presentation. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call me at (800) 777-4742 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And may all your 300A entries be zeros!

Jerry Banks
PIA Manager of Membership Services
Printing Industries Alliance
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(800) 777-4742

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