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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        Answers To Your Employee's Tricky Return-To-Work Questions

        PS&H Partner and Chair of the Labor & Employment Group, Alicia Samolis, regularly counsels employers on how to handle the tricky COVID-19 questions employees are asking and was consulted recently by Providence Business News for her insight into the same.

        Many employees are concerned that their employer’s safety practices might not protect them. However, Alicia suggests that employees consult the applicable state orders and guidelines before leaping to the conclusion that their employer is violating safety standards. In particular, Alicia mentioned that while the CDC guidelines may contain “good suggestions and good guidelines, they don’t necessarily create any legal obligation”. Employees should also understand that “[i]f an employee has an anxiety disorder and can provide medical documentation, they might qualify for leave” but that generally employees are not protected when refusing to work due to COVID-19 fears without such a disability.

        Other employees are concerned their employer’s safety measures go too far and violate the employee’s rights. In the interview, Alicia confirmed that under the current pandemic conditions, an employer is allowed to take an employee’s temperature. Under normal circumstances, this would be a prohibited ADA medical inquiry and Alicia noted “[i]t could change when COVID-19 becomes less of a health issue.” Alicia stated if there is “an employee who has a medical condition other than COVID-19 that results in [an employee] having a fever, they need to bring in documentation” to avoid work exclusion. Employers can also require testing for active COVID-19 infections and ask employees questions that relate to the virus. However, Alicia stated “employers can’t ask medical inquiries that don’t have a connection to the virus”. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has recently also taken the position that an employer cannot implement mandatory antibody testing (voluntary antibody testing is still allowed).

        Above all, employers should keep apprised of the latest developments in the law to appropriately respond to employee questions.

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