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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        Worker's drug testing suit preempted

        PS&H employment partner, Alicia Samolis, commented on a recent federal court decision McMahon v. Verizon New England, Inc., favoring an employer's motion to terminate a union member employee who declined an alcohol test. The plaintiff claimed that the drug and alcohol testing provisions included in his union collective bargaining agreement preempts the RI state statute, allowing him to avoid performing a drug and alcohol test.

        Though Alicia was not involved in the case, she was quoted in the article published by Lawyers Weekly and noted the practical effect of the UBTCEA.

        “In reality, even though we don’t have an outright statutory ban on drug testing, nobody does it because it’s so procedurally burdensome,” she said. “It’s as close as you can get to saying no drug testing.”

        However, Samolis pointed out that section 301 has been interpreted broadly.

        ‘The court focused on the fact that the collective bargaining agreement resolved the matter through a settlement,” Samolis said. “The whole purpose of section 301 is to have the CBA resolve disputes.”

        Samolis said an employee should be allowed to waive a statutory violation after-the-fact as consideration for a reinstatement settlement. But she questioned whether a collective bargaining provision authorizing drug testing would be enforceable.

        “I would not advise one of my clients to be the first to argue in front of a judge that a CBA with a drug testing provision preempts the state statute,” she added.

        Click here to read the full article published by RI Lawyers Weekly.