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Karen Krigsman, Traci Lucien, and Joe Schick To be Honored with 2017 Luminaire Awards
Printing Industries Alliance and Idealliance will recognize industry leaders at Annual Franklin Luminaire Awards event in New York City on Oct. 18.

Printing Industries Alliance and Idealliance have announced that Karen E. Krigsman of J.Crew Group, Inc., Traci L. Lucien of AARP, and Joe Schick, recently retired from Quad/Graphics, will be honored with 2017 Luminaire Awards. The awards, which recognize exceptional professionals for their positive contribution and service within the media and visual communications industries, will be presented at the annual Franklin Luminaire Awards event on Oct. 18 at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Event sponsorships are available at early bird rates through July 31.

"Our annual Franklin Luminaire Awards event brings hundreds of professionals from every branch of our industry together to recognize and honor the outstanding achievements of leaders such as Karen, Traci, and Joe," says Steve Drew, sales executive at LSC Communications and Co-Chair of the 2017 Franklin Luminaire Awards. Meghan Milkowski, 2017 Franklin Luminaire Awards Co-Chair, added, "Our Awards event is a wonderful opportunity to show our Honorees the industry's appreciation for their commitment to excellence and the contributions they have made throughout their careers to move our industry forward."

Karen E. Krigsman, Senior Director, Print Production, J.Crew Group, Inc., oversees print purchasing and production for retail companies Madewell and J.Crew. She is responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of all catalogs, marketing collateral, store signage, direct mail, print and out-of-home advertisements, as well as the prepress, press approvals, paper purchasing, and packaging purchasing and execution for the companies' domestic and international entities.

Traci L. Lucien, Vice President, Print Center, AARP, leads a production management group that serves the organization with print and mail expertise. She and her team manage the production of approximately one billion pieces of print each year. Lucien also provides oversight and direction for operational management of workflow systems that support the enterprise. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Idealliance and the Alliance of Non-Profit Mailers and is an advocate for foster care and adoption, serving as a media spokesperson for

Joe Schick, recently retired as Vice President of Postal Affairs, Quad/Graphics, Inc., served as the company's primary liaison with the U.S. Postal Service and represented Quad/Graphics on the Direct Marketing Advisory Board at the Universal Postal Union in Switzerland. A long-time member of the Postmaster General's Mailers' Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), where he represented the Gravure Association of America and served as Industry Chairman, he was also a member of the Idealliance Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom), and Chair of the Idealliance Addressing & Distribution Committee.

Franklin Luminaire Awards Platinum sponsorships (table of 10) are available at the early bird rate of $5,500 until July 31 ($6,500 after that date); Gold sponsorships (half-table of five) are $2,750 by July 31 ($3,250 after). Sponsors receive recognition in the printed program and signage, and during the evening's program. Individual tickets are also available at $400. Proceeds from the Franklin Luminaire Awards support the programs of the PIA Graphic Communications Foundation and the Idealliance DEER Foundation.

For more information about sponsorships or tickets, please contact Kim Tuzzo of Printing Industries Alliance at (800) 777-4742 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Tim Freeman, President
Printing Industries Alliance


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Printer’s $300k Fine from DOL for Use of Temp Employment Agency Raises Questions!  Annual PIA Human Resources Conference on May 4 & 5 Provides Answers!

A recent Printing Impressions article detailing problems occurring with a business practice commonly used in the printing industry, use of a temporary employment agency, and resultant violations of federal minimum wage, overtime, and record-keeping provisions, should raise a red flag with any company using temps to even out the ebb and flow of production needs. If it doesn’t, the resultant fine in this case, over $300,000, might get your attention.

According to the Department of Labor, the Philadelphia area printer utilized the agency to secure a number of workers as machine operators and general workers. Unfortunately, the temp employees were paid less than minimum wage, were not paid overtime over 40 hours, and the company did not maintain appropriate work hour documentation.

Utilization of temporary employment agencies and Professional Employer Organizations (PEO or leased employees) is often a “slippery slope.” Often times, temp agencies and PEO’s sell the idea that utilization of their services absolves the customer company of liability for compliance with state and federal labor laws. Nothing could be further from the truth! Generally, utilizing these services creates a “co-employer” situation where the customer company and temp agency or PEO share liability for compliance with OSHA, wage and hour regulations, Equal Opportunity, etc. Compounding the problem are the issues of whether or not the temp agency or PEO is complying with the law and how to gain information and maintain control over what can be a significant exposure to liability.

This topic will be a major focus during the upcoming Printing Industries Alliance Human Resources Conference being held on May 4 & 5, 2017 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown in Syracuse, NY. In a presentation entitled, “HR Problems Lurking in the Shadows,” conference presenters and labor attorneys Nicholas J. Fiorenza and Michael L. Dodd, Ferrara Fiorenza PC, will focus on this topic, and others, where companies can inadvertently get into trouble on routine matters including use of temps and PEOs, no-fault attendance programs, uniform payments, travel pay, and more.

In preparing for the conference, attorney Mike Dodd commented on the above referenced $300k DOL fine by saying, “I would not be surprised to hear that the company gets audited and fined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service and the Internal Revenue Service. In all likelihood, the temp agency was probably not getting I-9’s or properly withholding federal taxes either.”

Companies wishing to learn more or register for the 2017 HR Conference can visit the Printing Industries Alliance website at or download a conference flyer here.

Questions? Contact Tim Freeman, President, 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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