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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        Employers toe fine line to avoid misclassification liability

        PS&H employment partner, Michael Gamboli, was quoted by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly in their article, Employers toe fine line to avoid misclassification liability.  

        Michael commented on the ABC test, a three-factor test for determining independent contractor status in MA. He stated that the test is “extremely restrictive" and defendants often have a hard time showing that the plaintiff performed work outside the regular course of the company’s business.

        He continued to explain, "the nightmare situation is where you have an accounting firm that needs to outsource accounting work to some independent contractors who may be taking on work a couple hours here or there". This situation occurred in the recent case, Weiss v, Loomis Sayles & Co., et al, where an information technology consultant who claimed the defendant employer, a financial services company, misclassified him as an independent contractor.  Although not involved in the case, Michael suggests that MA employers be aware that the ABC test requires employers to prove each of the statutory factory to establish a plantiff's independent contractor status.

        However, RI law follows the multi-factor approach.  The approach encompasses the ABC test factors, and examines additional factors such as the extent to which the services rendered are an integral part of the company’s business, the permanency of the relationship, and the company’s degree of control over the worker.

        Michael states, "it is essential to have a simple one- or two-page contract that clearly spells out that the individual is an independent contractor, even if a court may not find it dispositive. The agreement should also include an arbitration clause that includes a class-action waiver".

        Click here to read the full article published by RI Lawyers Weekly which discusses recent cases involving independent contracting matters and best practices for employer to be aware of.