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 – Red States Sue to Stop Enactment of Obama Administration's Changes to Federal Overtime Laws

        As we previously reported, in March of 2014, President Obama unilaterally directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to review and update the requirements necessary for an employee to be considered “exempt” from overtime. The DOL dutifully complied, announcing its Final Rule on May 18, 2016, effective December 1, 2016. The Final Rule increases the minimum salary needed to qualify for as “exempt” under the salary basis test from $455 per week to $913 per week (or $47,476 annually). According to DOL, this change will automatically extend overtime pay provisions to more than 4 million workers in the first year of implementation.

        When the Final Rule was released, there was outcry from Republican leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan declaring that the DOL’s revisions were unauthorized: “This is for all intents and purposes a law. It changes our overtime laws and rules; however, it never went through Congress. Not a single member of Congress had a vote on this. This is a law written by unelected bureaucrats who weren't elected to anything. It's a law that changes how virtually all businesses operate."

        Yesterday, a group of 21 states (and numerous other groups) filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas challenging the Final Rule, arguing the President’s directive and DOL’s revisions are unconstitutional because the changes were not approved by Congress. “Once again, President Obama is trying to unilaterally rewrite the law,” said one state attorney general. “And this time, it may lead to disastrous consequences for our economy." Said another state attorney general "The United States Department of Labor’s new overtime rule is yet another example of the President’s unconstitutional overreach…. our nation’s laws, the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches must be followed.

        The states joining the lawsuit are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. The DOL did not immediately have comment on the filing. However, in response to recent reports that a lawsuit challenging the rule was imminent, DOL official David Weil said “we are confident in the legality of all aspects of our rule.”

        Time will tell….

        In the meantime, employers should proceed with putting in place the mechanisms to ensure they are in compliance with the Overtime changes by December 1st..