On February 7, 2019, Jennifer Grady, Esq. and Anthony Mance, Esq. of the Grady Firm spoke to landscape company owners and operators at the 40th Annual California Landscape Contractors Association Landscape Industry Show in Ontario, California.
Jennifer and Anthony addressed what do to in the event of an immigration-related site visit by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and/or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). They discussed real-world examples with the audience, and provided recommendations on how to create a site visit plan and train company staff on how to best respond in the event of a site visit.
In addition, they discussed procedures and tips for applying for the highly coveted H-2B temporary non-agricultural visas, which are used for employers who need additional workers on a temporary seasonal or peak-load need over a period of nine months. These visas are commonly used by landscape contractors, hotels, amusement parks, ski resorts, fishermen, and other industries with a seasonal or short-term need.
This was the firm’s second time presenting at this show, and Jennifer and Anthony have provided numerous webinars for the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) over the last few years on immigration and employment law topics.
The presentation was well received, and Ms. Grady and Mr. Mance had a productive discussion with attendees about employer’s recent real-world experience with government site visits, concerns about immigration enforcement, and immigration opportunities. Of particular interest was the issue of I-9 audits by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which increased dramatically over the past year.
About The Grady Firm. P.C.
The Grady Firm, P.C. attorneys provide our clients with the tools to arm themselves and minimize risk with I-9 audits, site visit plan creation, custom Employee Handbooks; personnel file forms and audits; on-demand employer counseling; and sexual harassment and leadership training in English and Spanish. By combining years of experience as legal counsel for both U.S. and international companies, The Grady Firm acts as the outsourced Global Mobility Department for multi-national corporations seeking to move personnel across borders with visas and Green Cards based on employment, investment, and family relations.
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