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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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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        Department of Labor Updates Employer Guidance on FFCRA

        The United States Department of Labor ("DOL") has once again updated its guidance for employers on the implementation of emergency FMLA and emergency sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA").

        The Guidance is in the form of a series of questions and answers. The well-organized topics are easily navigated (which is a good thing since there are over 90 questions and counting). The latest additions address temporary workers (who possibly work for two companies), teleworking employees (who in some cases my refuse to return to work and claim the need to take FFCRA leave for child care), documentation required for employees seeking leave to obtain a medical diagnosis, and eligibility for leave once the school year ends.

        Employers should be wary of the fact that the DOL not only adds new questions and answers but it also – without any notice – amends prior answers, in some instances offering the complete opposite opinion of its original answer. Employers relying on any portion of the guidance must be sure to double check the DOL website to make sure they are relying on the most current information.

        This guidance does not supplant the FFCRA's implementing Regulations and their Correction Notice.

        Partridge Snow & Hahn's Employment & Labor Group is ready to answer questions and advise on this topic. For additional Coronavirus information and resources visit the firm's COVID-19 Advisory Group page.

        For current information and resources visit our COVID-19 Advisory Group page