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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        MA Paid Family And Medical Leave (PFML) Law

        MASSACHUSETTS’ EMPLOYERS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW PFML LAW STARTING JULY 1, 2019

        Starkweather & Shepley and Partridge Snow & Hahn joined together to present a webinar designed to give employers a better understanding of the law and the actions they need to take. The webinar presentation can be viewed here.

        The Massachusetts PFML law applies to every private employer with employees in Massachusetts. While employees will not be able to actually take paid leave until 2021, all employers must immediately begin taking steps in order to comply with the Paid Family and Medical Leave law (PFML) by providing (and getting proof of) a detailed notice about the law, registering with the Commonwealth’s PFML program through MassTaxConnect, understanding how to calculate and start withholding amounts from employee’s pay on July 1, and knowing how to make and report contributions to the Trust Fund established by the PFML.


        This webinar covers topics such as:
        • Content of the notice of the program benefits
        • Calculation of the contribution required to be made (.63% of wages, allocated between family leave (.11%) and medical leave (.52%) for 2019).
        • The employer’s obligation to pay 60% of the medical leave portion of the contribution.
        • Coverage and the employer’s obligation to include 1099 individuals in the contributions,
        • Filing for an exemption
        • Filing quarterly reports
        • A summary the PFML’s coverage and leave provisions, which are far more expansive than the federal FMLA.
        Speakers in the webinar are Michael A. Gamboli of Partridge Snow & Hahn and Joan Greenwell of Starkweather & Shepley.

        Michael A. Gamboli is a partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP in Providence. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to advising clients on a wide variety of employment law and human resource issues, including discrimination and harassment, leave of absence laws such as the FMLA, and wage and hour claims. Michael also has over 25 years of employment litigation experience in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He has been consistently selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Rhode Island Super Lawyers, and has received an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Michael is a graduate of Bucknell University and a magna cum laude graduate of Boston University School of Law.

        Joan Greenwell, J.D., VP, Employee Benefits Practice Leader, joined the S&S team in 2010. She has over 15 years of experience in the benefits advisory / brokerage arena, working with both fully insured and self-insured clients. Prior to this, Joan held significant roles in sales and marketing at United Healthcare, including as Regional VP for the New England market. Joan manages the EB Team, as well as some key client relationships. She has particular expertise in risk and funding mechanisms, compliance, strategic planning, and benefits communication. Joan is a summa cum laude graduate of RI College and holds advanced degrees from the University of Maryland and Suffolk University Law School.