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PGAMA welcomes Philip Gray as Virginia Director of Membership

PGAMA welcomes Phil Gray Phil brings his 30 years of experience as a Commercial Printing Company owner (Progressive Printing), 9 years as a Secondary High School Vocational Printing Instructor and 10 years as a Board member to the former PIVA to assist PGAMA in maintaining Virginia members and creating new membership opportunities in Virginia for Printers and Suppliers. PGAMA is anxious to bring programs, benefits and events to Virginia to grow the association in the Mid-Atlantic area.  Please welcome Phil to the PGAMA family.  If you have referrals, please contact him at 703-850-8865 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Changes to Fair Labor Standards Act

CHANGES TO THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT ANNOUNCED

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced today major alterations to the overtime exemption classifications under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These changes have dramatic ramifications for all employers and it is strongly advised that you familiarize yourself with them as they may affect your budgeting for 2017.

Beginning December 1, 2016, the salary threshold for overtime exempt employees will increase from $23,660 to $913 per week or $47,476 annually for a full-year worker. This means that any employee whose salary is less than $47,476 will be eligible for overtime pay beyond their normal 40 hours per week schedule. Updates to the salary threshold levels will occur automatically every three years (with at least 150 days notice and effective January 1, 2020). 

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Immediate Action Required! New SEC Rule

The SEC has proposed a regulation that could substantially impact the financial printing business. There is strong and growing opposition to this rule and we are getting great support from legislators, led by Representatives Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) who have offered a provision to counter this rule. Time is short and every comment counts.

PLEASE SEE THE DETAIL BELOW TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN SHARE YOUR OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE. THE DEADLINE TO COMMENT IS THE END OF DAY, WEDS JUNE 8th.  

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed a new “Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rule” (Rule 30e-3), which would allow mutual funds to discontinue the mailing of shareholder reports and other important investment information to investors. Instead, shareholder reports would be posted on a fund’s website. If allowed to proceed, Rule 30e-3 will potentially harm millions of investors – the majority of whom have already expressed a preference for paper-based investment materials.

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2016 Survey of MIS

PIA has completed the 2016 Survey of Management Information Systems, marking the eleventh consecutive year they 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 edition is the largest ever. The PDF is below

PIA is now in the midst of working on the 2016 Survey of Mailing Software and will have this ready to distribute to you by year end.

Scam Alert

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Major Scam Operation Attacking Our Industry Locally

There is a fraudulent direct marketing agency headquartered in  Montreal & Toronto that has successfully scammed at least two PGAMA members in recent weeks.   They are operating a highly sophisticated scam and have been stealing from numerous vendors and thousands of consumers for over a year.  The names of the individuals will vary, the packages they are looking to mail will also vary, but the primary organization operates under Direct Response MKT and the “client" they represent is Global Media.

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New Member Benefit: Employers Choice Screening

employerschoiceEmployers Choice Screening has been selected to provide employment background checks to all members of the Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic. Our legally compliant results help employers reduce workplace violence, theft, fraud, substance abuse and negligent hiring liabilities.

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