CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Luca + Danni

Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        Alicia Samolis: Employment and Labor Law

        We hope you enjoy this edition of Three Things, a new effort from Partridge Snow & Hahn that identifies three timely and noteworthy items our attorneys think you could find helpful and interesting.

        1. MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN THE WORKPLACE. Employers in the Northeast are faced with mounting questions arising from the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. One challenge is handling compliance with drug-free workplace requirements associated with federal funding or contracts without discriminating against employees. Another involves the potential protection of employees who use legalized recreational marijuana to self-treat a disability. I caution employers everywhere to proceed carefully in this constantly developing area to avoid becoming the target of plaintiffs’ attorneys looking to bring the latest case in this well-publicized arena.

        2. MASSACHUSETTS EQUAL PAY ACT. While the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act has been in effect for some time, many employers did not do an initial audit but are now finally taking steps to comply with the law, often as the result of employee questions or complaints about pay disparities in the workforce. Remember that the key is not just examining your Company’s pay practices, but also carefully documenting the process in case of claims down the line.

        3. REVERSE DISCRIMINATION ALLEGATIONS. Allegations of so-called “reverse discrimination” were once a rarity. However, I’ve recently experienced an uptick in my practice in matters involving employees who feel discriminated against for being white and male. Factors contributing to this include poorly written diversity initiatives and perceived favoritism for hiring or promoting women and minorities. When making employment decisions, try to articulate clear business reasons for your actions – even if the employee affected would not be traditionally considered a legal risk for claims. When implementing diversity initiatives, refrain from copying policies from other companies you see online, as those companies may be subject to different laws or may be based upon data that is not applicable to your company.

        For a shareable version of these Three Things, click here. For more information on these or any related topics, feel free to contact Alicia Samolis  or Geri Rosman.