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PPB Newslink May 19: Overtime Rule Changes Raise Concerns Among Businesses

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a rule change on Wednesday that allows full-time, salaried employees to earn overtime if they make up to $47,476 a year. The rule change, which was first announced in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register on July 6, 2015, goes into effect December 1 and is expected to extend overtime pay protections to more than four million workers. Read More »

Overtime Rule Changes Raise Concerns Among Businesses

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a rule change on Wednesday that allows full-time, salaried employees to earn overtime if they make up to $47,476 a year. The rule change, which was first announced in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register on July 6, 2015, goes into effect December 1 and is expected to extend overtime pay protections to more than four million workers. Read More »

Promotional Products Work! Week 2016 Kicks Off On Monday

The fourth annual Promotional Products Work! Week (PPW!W), PPAI’s week-long international event aimed at raising awareness of promotional products’ role in advertising and marketing, begins next week. Retooled and rebranded this year, PPW!W delivers the message that promotional products work to advertisers, marketers and media buyers. Read More »

The 2016 L.E.A.D. Advocates: Dani Smith, CAS

On May 25-26, industry professionals from across the country will be in Washington, D.C., to meet with senators, representatives and legislative staff into discuss legislation, issues and opportunities relevant to the promotional products industry as part of the seventh annual PPAI Legislation Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.). In the final installment of a four-part series spotlighting the industry practitioners taking PPAI’s message to Capitol Hill, PPB Newslink speaks with Dani Smith, CAS, owner of Hermiston, Oregon, distributor Third Day Creations. Read More »

PPB Newslink May 17: The Incentive Federation Responds To OSHA Safety Incentive Program Criticism

The Incentive Federation, a trade association dedicated to promoting, protecting and providing research in the incentive field, and of which PPAI is a member, has issued a response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) revised draft of its Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. OSHA’s draft includes language critical of safety incentive programs. Read More »

Add Your Voice Through The PPAI L.E.A.D. Virtual Fly-In

Industry leaders will travel to Washington, D.C., next week to meet with members of Congress and federal agencies for the seventh annual PPAI Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.). On May 25 and 26, Board Chair Tom Goos, MAS, and Association staff will lead a group more than 70 industry professionals to hold approximately 2450 meetings with senators, representatives and legislative staff to discuss pending legislation and issues relevant to the promotional products industry Read More »

Do You Really Want A Transparent Culture? Part 2 – May 3, 2016

Yesterday, Promotional Consultant Today shared how transparency affects an organization’s culture and values. Today we look at transparency related to career opportunities and the success of senior leadership. Read More »

PPB Newslink May 12: Staples And Office Depot To Terminate Merger Agreement

Staples, Inc. and Office Depot plan to terminate their merger agreement following a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that granted the Federal Trade Commission’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the acquisition. Staples participates in the promotional products industry as distributor Staples Promotional Products (UPIC: AMER0016). Read More »

The 2016 L.E.A.D. Advocates: Michele Jennrich, MAS

On May 25-26, industry professionals from across the country will be in Washington, D.C., to meet with senators, representatives and legislative staff into discuss legislation, issues and opportunities relevant to the promotional products industry as part of the seventh annual PPAI Legislation Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.). In the third of a four-part series spotlighting the industry practitioners taking PPAI’s message to Capitol Hill, PPB Newslink speaks with Michele Jennrich, MAS, the Brick, New Jersey-based multi-line rep and an inaugural recipient of the PPAI RAC Volunteer Award. Read More »

PPB Newslink May 5: Gildan To Acquire Ennis, Inc. Apparel Division Alstyle Apparel, LLC

Supplier Gildan Activewear Inc. (UPIC: GILDA381) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of the equity interest of supplier Alstyle Apparel, LLC (UPIC: alsty754) and its subsidiaries, which constitute the apparel division of supplier Ennis, Inc. (UPIC: Ennis). The acquisition is subject to regulatory and customary closing conditions and is expected to close before the end of June. Read More »

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