Four Steps to Take When an Employee Is Diagnosed with COVID-19

As COVID-19 infection rates continue to climb, it’s imperative that organizations respond quickly when an employee is diagnosed.

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New Employer Guide For COVID-19 Reopening

Updated July 24, 2020

The State of California published a guidance, “COVID- 19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening.” The guidance provided gives employers the tools they need to open safely and mitigate risks associated with COVID-19.

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Sample Company Policy PDF

In this Coronavirus (COVID-19) company policy sample, you’ll find guidelines employees should follow during the coronavirus outbreak and temporary alterations of existing sick leave and work from home policies

Reopening Your Business Resources

As California moves toward reopening businesses, and as printing has now been designated an essential service by Governor Newsom, printers must implement controls to ensure employees returning to work are safe against contracting COVID-19. Our guide provides recommendations that employers should consider as part of their overall phase-in or full reopening. Note, however, that additional requirements may be mandated by state and local authorities as the economy moves to full reopening.

How to Support a Grieving Employee

Everyone experiences grief at some point in their life, and yet for being such a common experience, it’s also one that few of us are fully equipped to navigate when it comes. In part, this is because grief is such an overwhelming and horrible experience. Nothing can prepare you for it. You just have to go through it and get through it. Grief is also a unique experience for each person. Everyone has their own path through its stages, and what helped one person work through their grief may not help another.

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As an essential industry, print and packaging has continued to function throughout a difficult 2020. And while a COVID-19 vaccination inspires hope for a safer, more productive 2021, experts warn of difficult winter months ahead. Congress is considering end-of-year legislation that would include COVID-19 stimulus and relief measures.

The last major COVID legislation was passed by Congress in April. It is time to update and extend previously passed provisions, and to address new areas of relief and stimulus necessary to a period of recovery. Timing is critical; Congress should not adjourn for 2020 without passing pandemic legislation.

Victory 2.0:

Printing Is Essential In California!

While the national government had indicated that print and packaging was essential in segments, it also stated that states had the ability to adjust those rules. Therefore the three CA affiliates working with RJ Cervantes continued to press Governor Newsom to specifically include print in the latest regulations. We asked many of you to contact your legislative representatives and it worked! I’m happy to report that California has now released the updated critical infrastructure list, and there are a number of areas where the printing/packaging industry fits in. Although it’s not a complete blanket reference, I actually think most of our members will fit into these parameters.
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HR & Compliance Resources

Template Letter for Employees of Essential Businesses

Government Support & Aid


Many associations, lawyers and HR firms are providing free webinars on important COVID-19 topics. Here are some examples we’ve liked, most are recorded and can be accessed later. Many are reoccurring.  If you hear of one you like or would like to share any COVID-19 resources you hear about, please email

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VICTORY! Printers & Packagers Added to CISA Essential Workforce Guidance

Printing Industries of America (PIA) and the affiliates petitioned the agency to recognize printing and packaging's essential nature along with the myriad of printed materials necessary to support the nation's other critical infrastructure sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the key elements used in the lobbying was an infographic (see below) showing print's essential nature at the core of other essential industries that are at the bedrock of American infrastructure. PIA utilized a comprehensive infographic to assist in persuading the DHS to update the CISA guidelines to include PRINT.
Printers and packagers have now been specifically included as essential workers in the updated Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce by the United States Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Security and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) released this afternoon (4/17/2020).
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