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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        Update: Massachusetts Paid Family And Medical Leave - New Deadlines And Tax Implications

        As we indicated in our prior client alerts on the new Massachusetts paid family and medical leave law (“PFML”), while the first phase of the law goes into effect on July 1, the PFML’s procedural requirements and operational mechanics continue to be revised and updated. Our prior alerts are available here and here.  

        The Department of Family and Medical Leave ("DFML") announced the following updates today:

        First, the exemption deadline has been extended for Quarter 1. The DFML’s current guidance requires that exemptions for private plans must be approved in the quarter prior to the quarter in which they will go into effect. For Quarter 1 only, the deadline to file for a private plan exemption is being extended from June 30 to September 20, 2019. Going forward, the DFML will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis but applications must be approved in the quarter prior to the quarter in which they go into effect. It is important to note that the extension only impacts the contribution requirements if the exemption request is approved. If the exemption request is denied, the impacted business will be responsible for remitting the full contribution amount from July 1, 2019 forward. DFML has recommended that employers consult with their tax advisors as to the implications associated with applying for a private plan exemption that may not be approved.

        Second, the deadline for providing personal notice to existing employees has been extended from May 31 to June 30, 2019. The notice, which may be provided electronically, must include the opportunity for an employee or self-employed individual to acknowledge receipt or decline to acknowledge receipt of the information. Our most recent update, available here, includes additional information on the notice requirements and the form of notice issued by the DFML.

        Third, DFML is continuing its efforts to address the tax issues relating to contributions as the law itself is silent on this issue. The DFML indicated today that “the tax treatment of PFML contributions for both state and federal purposes is governed by federal tax law. The Commonwealth has requested guidance from the Internal Revenue Service on this question and others related to the tax implications of PFML contributions and benefits. Until IRS guidance is issued, individuals and businesses are urged to consult with their own tax advisors on these questions. Based on its own review of federal rules and following consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the Department of Family and Medical Leave anticipates that the IRS will conclude that employee contributions should be withheld from after-tax wages. A definitive rule for proper tax treatment of contributions will be available once IRS guidance is issued.”

        The DFML website is being updated on an ongoing basis and employers should look here and here for updated information. 

        FREE WEBINAR. On May 15 from 12:00 -12:45, Partridge Snow & Hahn is joining with Starkweather and Shepley to present a webinar designed to give employers a better understanding of the law and their compliance obligations. Click here to register for this webinar.