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12 • July 2016 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S J U L Y 2 0 1 6 In the News Small Businesses Eye New Overtime Rules Under direction from the White House, the U.S. Department of Labor announces the first change in a dozen years to the nation's overtime pay rules. Under the new regulation, which goes into effect Dec. 1, most salaried work- ers earning up to $47,476 a year will be eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours during a week. The previous cutoff for overtime pay, set in 2004, was $23,660. "For the past 40 years, overtime protections have been increasingly weakened," vice president Joe Biden told reporters, noting that more than 60 percent of salaried workers qualified for overtime in 1975 based on their salaries, but only 7 percent do today. Opponents of the new rule, however, argue that the mea- sure could cost billions of dollars and would undermine the morale of salaried employees by requiring them to account for every hour of their workdays. The last time overtime rules were adjusted was in 2004 under President George W. Bush. 3M Expands Inks Covered by MCS Warranty St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M announces the expansion of its roster of inks backed by the company's MCS warranty program. The company has co-branded inks with Durst, Epson and OKI Data Corp. and introduced them into the warranty program. Finished graphics made with the following new 3M co-branded inks are eligible for the 3M MCS warranty: Durst Rho Roll 3M Premium UV Inks compat- ible with Durst Rho 312R and 512R printers; Epson-3M UltraChrome GS3 inks compatible with Epson SureColor S-Series S40600, S60600 and S80600 printers; and 3MTM SX ink from OKI Data Corporation compatible with the OKI Data Infotech ColorPainter H3-104s printers. 3M is also expanding its longstanding partnership with EFI, introducing new EFI VUTEk GS 3M Premium UV White Ink, which is eligible for the 3M MCS warranty when used with EFITM VUTEk GS 2000 and 3200 printers. 3M Printable Fabric 9100 will also now be eligible for the 3M MCS warranty when printed with EFI 3M GS and GSr Premium UV inks. Only graphic manufacturers that have a current Certificate of 3M MCS Warranty are eligible to extend this warranty to their customers. FASTSIGNS Announces New Franchise Agreements, UK Co-Branded Center Carrollton, Texas-based sign shop franchisor FASTSIGNS International announces the signing of 12 new franchise agreements that will open soon across the nation. New loca- tions include the Chicago area; the Pacific Northwest; Tampa Bay, Florida; Central Texas; and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The company says it intends to open a total of 45 to 50 new loca- tions by year's end. FASTSIGNS also announces the opening of its first-ever co- branded center in the United Kingdom. The company launched its co-branding program in 2012. It offers independent opera- tors with print-related services the opportunity to add the FASTSIGNS brand and solutions to their business while continu- ing to operate their existing businesses independently. The company's co-brand program accounted for 20 percent of all new franchise agreements signed in 2015. Canon Solutions America Partners with D&K Group Melville, New York-based Canon Solutions America, a wholly- owned subsidiary and the sales arm of Canon U.S.A., announces a partnership with Elk Grove, Illinois-based D&K Group, a global manufacturer of adhesive and coat- ing technologies and print finish- ing equipment. The collaboration allows Canon Solutions America's large-format division to expand its portfolio offerings to includes turnkey solutions for printing and laminating applica- tions. As part of the partnership Canon Solutions America's large-format division is offering D&K wide-format laminators with 42", 62" and 65" widths, across two model families.

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