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 Notice Requirement Deadline Of May 31

        The first phase of Massachusetts’ new paid family and medical leave law ("PFML") requires covered employers to provide certain notices to employees and 1099-MISC contractors as of July 1. Specifically, a form of notice is required to be posted at employer locations and personal notice is required to be provided to all covered workers. As we explained in last week’s alert, while the law requires that the notice be posted by July 1, employers should post the notice now. Further, although the plain language of the law only requires that personal notice be provided to new employees and contractors, we suggested that employers provide the personal notice to all existing employees and contractors prior to July 1, and we advised that we expected a form of notice to be published by the Department of Family and Medical Leave ("DFML") shortly.

        Yesterday, the DFML published the form of personal notice and, most importantly, announced that the personal notice must be provided to employers’ current workforce on or before May 31, 2019. Failure to provide the required notifications may result in fines of $50 per worker for the first violation and $300 per worker for each subsequent violation. The personal notice must contain information about PFML benefits, contribution rates, and other provisions as outlined in more detail in the PFML law. The personal notice may be provided electronically and must include the opportunity for employees and 1099-MISC contractors to acknowledge receipt or decline to acknowledge receipt of the information. Employer can receive these acknowledgments in paper form or electronically. According to the DFML, in the event that an employee or 1099-MISC contractor fails to acknowledge receipt, DFML will consider the employer to have fulfilled its notice obligation as long as it can establish that the notice was provided to the entire workforce.

        A notice template created by the DFML for employees is available here and for 1099-MISC contractors is available here . Additional information on the notice requirements (including instructions for employers wishing to create their own form of notice) is available on the DFML website here. Notice templates translated into multiple languages are available here.

        As we indicated in last week’s alert, the PFML’s procedural requirements and operational mechanics continue to be further explained and fine-tuned. The DFML website is being updated on an ongoing basis and employers should frequently look here and here for updated information. We will continue to provide updates on significant issues.

        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.