J-1 Cultural Exchange Visitor Visa for Entrepreneurs, Scholars, Au Pairs, Professors, and Trainees

The J-1 Visa is a non-immigrant US visa available to cultural exchange visitors, scholars, and professors. The Exchange Visitor Program fosters global understanding through educational and cultural exchanges. It is often used by entrepreneurs, "au pairs, " or to obtain business or medical training in the United States. J-1 visas are obtained as part of …

E-1 Visa for Companies Doing More than Half of Their Business in the United States

The United States is signatory to a number of treaties with other countries, allowing individuals and companies to develop business opportunities in the United States. As a result, "E- Visas" are available to visitors to the US interested in trade and investment. As discussed in a previous post, E-2 visas are temporary visas based on a reciprocal commercial treaty between …

Jennifer Grady, Esq. Addresses Investors at Sold-Out SelectUSA Investor Academy in Washington D.C.

On June 19, 2016, Jennifer Grady, Esq. spoke to over 350 attendees at the SelectUSA Summit Academy, a precursor to the SelectUSA Investment Summit the following day.  The Summit Academy is an orientation for participants from companies, state and local governments, and economic development organizations (EDOs) to provide information and practical tips on topics such as …

Visiting the US for Business or Pleasure? You May Need a B-1 or B-2 Visa

B-1 and B-2 visas, also known as "visitor visas," are nonimmigrant visas for persons who wish to  temporarily enter the United States for business, tourism/pleasure, or a combination of both purposes. The process to obtain visitor visas is relatively simple, but visitors must comply with the regulations in order to ensure that their stay in the …

The Grady Firm Selected as California Employers Association Partner Firm

The Grady Firm is pleased to announce that it has been selected to serve the the  California Employers Association, which serves 9,000 businesses throughout the state of California, as a  “Partner Law Firm” and on-demand outside legal counsel.  As a Partner Firm, The Grady Firm will offer legal counseling, training, litigation defense, and discounts to CEA members …

How Will the 2016 Presidential Election Affect Immigration Reform?

by Jennifer Grady, Esq. and Grady Firm Law Clerk With the American presidential election cycle in full swing, immigration reform continues to be a heated and controversial topic.  The presidential campaign front-runners, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, have widely divergent perspectives on the issue.  Below is a look at each candidate's stance on the ability …

Santa Monica, CA Minimum Wage Increase to Take Effect on July 1, 2016

On April 28, 2016, the Santa Monica City Council adopted a mandatory minimum wage increase to $10.50 per hour, which will take effect on July 1, 2016. Santa Monica's new ordinance mirrors the minimum wage laws adopted by Los Angeles earlier this year. This increase is the first in a series of wage increases, which will gradually raise …

California Employers: Prepare for New Overtime Rules Effective December 1, 2016

On May 18, 2016, President Obama  and Secretary  Perez announced the Department of Labor’s final rule updating overtime regulations, to the disappointment of many employers.  The new rule, which will automatically provide overtime pay protections to over four million  workers within its first year of implementation, goes into effect on December 1, 2016. The Department published a Notice of Proposed …

Jennifer Grady Esq. to Participate in SelectLA International Investor Summit; Keynote Speech by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

On June 16 and 17, 2016, Jennifer Grady, Esq. will be attending the SelectLA International Investor Summit in downtown Los Angeles, California.  SelectLA is is Southern California’s premier international trade event at which local leaders in business and government will gather with investors from around the globe in order to facilitate foreign direct investment and provide …

Starting or Relocating a Business Within California? Check out these Little-Known Tax and Setup Incentives

by Jennifer Grady, Esq. The State of California offers numerous incentives and assistance programs to  businesses of all sizes and industries that are considering expansion into the Golden State, whether they plan to have 3, 50, or 20,000+ employees. From tax breaks, to help with site selection, to employee training, and development bonds, there are …

Jennifer Grady Esq. to Host Fireside Chat at UCI Blackstone LaunchPad

On May 23, 2016, Jennifer Grady Esq. will host an informative "Fireside Chat" about the various immigration options that are available to foreign students upon graduation from U.S. undergraduate or graduate programs. The event will take place at the Blackstone Launchpad of University of California, Irvine. The program will be recorded and available for later …

Los Angeles Employers May Soon Be Required to Provide 6 Days of Paid Sick Leave Per Year

On April 19, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council approved a measure that would require employers in the City of Los Angeles to provide their employees with six days, or 48 hours, of paid sick leave.  Pending an approved ordinance drafted by the City Attorney, the requirement will become effective on July 1, 2016.  This would …

Jennifer Grady Esq. to Speak at SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy; Keynote Address by President Barack Obama

Jennifer Grady Esq. has been selected from a pool of over 80 applicants to speak at the prestigious SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy held on June 19, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The SelectUSA Investment Summit will  bring over 2,600 international investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs) together on June 20-21 for education, …

Jennifer Grady, Esq. to Attend International Startup “Collision Conference” in New Orleans

For the second year in a row, Jennifer Grady Esq., principal attorney at The Grady Firm P.C., will be attending the third annual Collision Conference hosted in New Orleans, Louisiana, from April 26 to 28, 2016. The conference is strategically scheduled between New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival weekends to highlight New Orleans' cultural and musical …

New Policy Requirements for Employers Effective April 1, 2016

Beginning April 1, 2016, California employers with five or more total employees (whether or not all of those employees live in California) must update their anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and complaint-investigation policies, and distribute them to employees for signature. These policies must be in compliance with recent amendments to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), and …