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Program Manager: Barbara Silverman + Editor: Noel Jeffrey   January 15, 2019
Post OSHA Form 300A »
OSHA requires that employers post from February 1 to April 30, 2019 a summary of the job- related injuries and illnesses that occurred last year. Employers are only required to post the Summary (OSHA Form 300A), not the OSHA 300 Log. Those employers with 10 or fewer employees are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements. The summary must list the total numbers of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2018 and were logged on the OSHA 300 form. Companies with no recordable injuries or illnesses in 2018 must post the form with zeros on the total line. All establishment summaries must be certified by a company executive. You can download the forms 300, 300A, 301, with instructions. MORE
2019 Employment Poster Sets »
Federal, state and countries poster sets are part of doing business. The 2019 set includes two 27 x 39 laminated posters, one for state and one for federal. Include postage and tax, other vendors sell all three for $60 to $70. Our member rate is $35. For VMA members on the health or commercial insurance programs, with at least 4 or more employees, the 2-piece poster set is complimentary. To order, please email jessica@vma.bz or call 415.489.7612.

Augmented Reality Brings Pasta Packaging to Life »
Francesco Rinaldi has given its traditional pasta sauces a 21st century twist by adding augmented-reality technology to its packaging. The Francesco Rinaldi AR App (available via the Apple Store or Google Play) enables consumers to pick up the jar from the shelf, scan it and hear the story of the product directly from brand mascot Mrs. Rinaldi. By Jenni Spinner in Smart Packaging.

Scodix Applications Added to Esko Studio Software »
Esko (www.esko.com) and Scodix (www.Scodix.com) announced a collaboration to include Scodix packaging enhancement applications within the Esko Studio suite. Scodix presses bring unique digital enhancements to printed materials for both commercial print and folding carton in a post-print process including multiple premium quality applications on one platform. Esko Studio software allows designers to present and test their ideas and designs by quickly and easily turning them into beautiful high-resolution virtual 3D prototypes, which can include product enhancements such as special inks, varnishes, foils, or other finishing effects. MORE

What is Printing United? »
The printing industry is buzzing about the convergence of technologies and capabilities, the blending and blurring of market segments and specialties. PRINTING United is a brand-new trade show event focused on the opportunities this convergence presents. Save October 23-25, 2019, for a trip to Dallas. This isn’t any ordinary event. PRINTING United is co-produced by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and NAPCO Media — a powerhouse partnership. SGIA has retired the SGIA Expo following last year’s event in Las Vegas. MORE

SGP Foundation Enables a More Sustainable Supply Chain »
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications for print manufacturers, has announced its sister company SGP Foundation, Inc. (SGPF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization. The mission of the SGPF is to provide education and awareness on the best practices associated with sustainability in the printing industry, including printers, suppliers and customers/print buyers. SGPF will be chaired by long-time supporter of SGP, Jonathan Graham of TE Connectivity. MORE

Sales Tax Help Available »
In recent years, the Board of Equalization (since 2018 through the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration) has aggressively pursued income from sales audit and enforcement programs. If you looking for an answer to a specific question or an expert in a sales tax audit defense, that’s where Gerry Bonetto comes in. Our government affairs person, he has over 25 years’ experience in dealing with sales tax regulations and company audits. In those cases that require an audit finding to be appealed, he can guide you. Gerry’s goal is to answer your questions before a visit by a Board of Equalization auditor. He is just a telephone call or email away (909-214-0944 or gbonetto@roadrunner.com).


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Upcoming VMA Education & Training »
Get the latest offerings from VMA Education by clicking here. Classes are offered in graphic design, programming, web design and office productivity. Members get the discounted rate on all classes.


For info, contact Laura Vargas at (415) 489-7625.
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Visual Media Alliance (VMA) and VMA Education are nonprofit trade associations dedicated to providing a variety of benefits, money-saving programs and support for creative, web, marketing, and print businesses in Northern California and Northern Nevada. See some of the benefits you can reap as a member below.

Snoopy Comes to VMA

VMA has partnered with MetLife to offer an exclusive benefits program to members of VMA. Effective December 1st VMA rolled out its ancillary program consisting of dental, vision, life, and an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP). By using the purchasing power of our combined membership to aggregate premium, VMA negotiated below market rates on behalf of VMA members. Four dental plans are offered including two PPO plans and two DHMO plans. Vision plans include a wide selection of providers to choose from. Please contact VMA for additional information or quotes.

Apple Discounted

Apple and VMA have teamed up to offer you Apple products at preferred pricing. Shop the Apple Online Store and take advantage of exclusive features including iPods, Mac computers, iPads, and many other products. (but not iPhones).Save from 4-17%. Added Benefits include complimentary shipping on all orders over $50; quick and easy ordering; and payment can be made with any combination of credit card, Apple Gift Card, and Business Financing. You and your employees can log-on to the special online Apple store and receive these discounts. Contact Sue Benavente, sue@vma.bz, 415.489.7622.

VMguide.org is the most comprehensive listing of creative, print, web and media resources available on the web. Companion edition to Visual Media Guide In Print, both showcase the business capabilities of VMA members.
Take a look at what we have to offer in VMA Member Benefits and see if there is anything we can help you with.

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