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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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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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