On September 4, 2019, Jennifer Grady, Esq. was featured on episode 31 “Legally Speaking: Handling Tough Legal Situations” of The AutoVitals Digital ShopTalk Radio, with host Tom Dorsey, to discuss a myriad of legal situations that can arise in a workplace from Sexual Harassment to record-keeping and what new business owners and employers need to know to be successful.Continue reading
On August 9, 2019, Jennifer Grady, Esq. was featured on episode 456 of The Remarkable Results Radio, with host Carm Capriotto, to discuss Sexual Harassment in the workplace and what employers can do to prevent it.
Key Talking Points
During the radio show, Jennifer and Carm discussed important points on sexual harassment in the workplace including:Continue reading
On June 20, 2019, Jennifer Grady, Esq. will be speaking at the Export Trade Assistance Partnership Program 2019 (ETAP) Session on International Shipping and Legal Issues covering export distribution considerations for US companies exporting abroad. This event is sponsored by the U.S Small Business Association and the Riverside County Economic Development Agency Office of Foreign Trade. Jennifer will speak with company owners about which visa options are best for bringing talent from abroad to the US, and will give tips on sending employees abroad.
The other speakers in this session are Ken August of August Law Group, on International Export Agency & Distribution Agreements, and Margaret Brunk of BGI Worldwide Logistics on the fundamentals of export logistics. ETAP is hosted and produced by the Riverside County Economic Development Agency Office of Foreign Trade in a five-part weekly series lasting from May 30, 2019 through June 27, 2019 at the Rustin Conference Center in Riverside, CA. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Other sessions throughout the cover a range of topics including global business opportunities for small business, market research and cross-cultural communication, international trade finance and methods of payment, and e-commerce. Every session is moderated by Paul Smith, a District International Trade Office for the U.S. Small Business Administration.Continue reading
On March 19, 2019, The Grady Firm, P.C. celebrated its seventh anniversary. Since its inception in 2012, the firm has grown from supporting startups in the Silicon Beach region of Los Angeles, to adding immigration and employment law departments for dynamic, rapid-growth international clients with a California presence. The Firm has added multiple attorney specialists in each discipline, and offices in Beverly Hills, Irvine, and San Diego, California. Our network of tech-savvy, multi-lingual attorneys are fluent in Spanish, Italian, German, and Farsi. They are licensed in California, and can practice immigration in all 50 U.S. states.
In addition, the firm has partnerships with intellectual property and non-profit attorneys licensed domestically in Texas, Louisiana, and Washington, and with attorneys that specialize in immigration, business, and real estate licensed internationally in Canada, Italy, and Germany.
The Grady Firm has a diverse roster of clients that work in the fields of automotive repair, communications, construction, entertainment, beauty and wellness, fashion, life science, landscape construction and maintenance, marketing/branding, nightclubs, professional services, restaurants, retail, sports coaching, software engineering, startups, technology, and transportation.
Over the past year, we have broadened the scope of our immigration practice to include H-2B visas for ski resort and landscape industry employees, in addition to already helping our clients obtain visas, Green Cards, and citizenship based on family relations, investment or employment through the EB-1, E-2, EB-3, E-3, EB-5, F-1, H-1B, L-1, J-1, O-1, P, and TN categories.
We expanded our employment law practice as outside employment counsel/Human Resources support to our corporate clients that need help hiring, firing, and disciplining their employees, and bringing top talent to the United States from abroad. In particular, our firm helps Human Resources departments stay compliant with California’s new Sexual Harassment Prevention law that mandates training for employers with 5+ employees to train their employees on sexual harassment prevention biannually, and within six months of hire or promotion of supervisors.
The Grady Firm thanks its attorneys, clients, and referral partners for their support and confidence over the years.Read more
In honor of the February 22 birthday of George Washington, our first President and decorated general, The Grady Firm will be supporting the troops that keep us safe and make sacrifices for the good of our country.
Believe it or not, one of the items that is most requested from service members and veterans is socks! Just think how nice a brand new pair of socks feel when you slip your feet in… Soldiers’ Angels wants to help keep our troops and veterans’ toes feeling toasty, and you can help! Start a sock collection drive & send NEW socks in all colors and sizes in their original packaging. Warm Feet For Warriors will distribute the socks to veterans in VA Hospitals and include them in their care packages to deployed to soldiers around the world. You can drop off your socks at our office in Beverly Hills (8383 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 800, Beverly Hills, CA 90211), or send your socks directly to:
2700 NE Loop 410, Suite 310
San Antonio, Texas 78217
If you have any questions about the campaign, please email: email@example.com, or if you want to drop off socks at our firm, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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About Soldiers’ Angels
“May No Soldier Go Unloved” encapsulates the motivation behind Soldiers’ Angels. The volunteers of Soldiers’ Angels work tirelessly supporting our nation’s veterans, wounded heroes, deployed service members and their families.
In 2017 alone, Soldiers’ Angels provided over $17 million in aid to over 360,000 service members, veterans, wounded heroes, and military families. Through the Deployed Support Programs, combat deployed service members were supported with 27,186 care packages and 132,394 letters. The Veteran Support Program served over 22,100 veterans with food assistance and handed out over 33,500 items bedside to patients in VA Hospitals across the country. Through the seasonal Adopt-A-Family program, Soldiers’ Angels volunteers “adopted” 1,224 military families, that included 3,218 military children. New and expectant wives of combat deployed as well as active duty female service members were provided 1,433 baby boxes to help them welcome their new bundles of joy. Soldiers’ Angels volunteers are the heart of the organization and logged over 148,000 volunteer hours just in 2017!
To see more about how Soldiers’ Angels supports the troops and their families, read about their programs.
About The Grady Firm, P.C.
The Grady Firm, P.C. attorneys specialize in helping businesses grow and succeed through
employment, business, and immigration law advising for clients in California. They help perform personnel audits, draft/revise Employee Handbooks, train employers on employment law compliance, provide on-demand legal analysis for hiring and firing questions, and provide leadership and sexual harassment training in English and Spanish. They also help employees and families achieve the American Dream through legal immigration.
To learn more about ensuring your business is compliant with state and local laws, schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with The Grady Firm’s attorneys; call +1 (323) 450-9010; or fill out a Contact Request Form.
*This article is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. This article does not make any guarantees as to the outcome of a particular matter, as each matter has its own set of circumstances and must be evaluated individually by a licensed attorney.
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. Continue reading
Jennifer Grady, Esq. has been invited to appear as a panelist at the San Diego Global Investment Forum in sunny San Diego, California. This event, which will took place on September 19-20, 2018, is hosted by the San Diego Global Partnership. As part of the panel on “Foreign Direct Investment,” Ms. Grady shared her expertise on immigration options and trends for investors and employees who are relocating to Southern California.
Other panels focused on real estate development and investment, technology and innovation, domestic funding and alternative investment, and city collaboration. Speakers and attendees had the opportunity to network at the welcome cocktail reception on the evening of September 19, and the finale networking reception on September 20. In addition, there was a Development & Innovation tour of San Diego on September 21 for investors interested in an overview of San Diego.
This unique investment-focused event drew attendees from around the globe who recognize San Diego and the greater Southern California region’s incredible growth opportunities over the next ten years. For example, CBRE’s “Americas Investor Intentions Survey” for 2018 recognizes the up-and-coming nature of the region by recognizing that, “the Southern California market ranked number 11 for investment in the US, up from number 17 last year.”
This was the first year for the Forum, which is open to any individual, developer, institution, company, fund, or organization that wants to learn why San Diego is rapidly climbing the economic changes and why they should be looking at San Diego and Southern California as their next investment opportunity.
The Grady Firm,P.C. will be meeting with German clients abroad in June as a way to share accurate information about the realities of doing business in the United States and will provide tips for applying for a visa or Green Card during the current political climate. As a truly cross-border firm, The Grady Firm’s global expansion and relocation Department advises foreign entrepreneurs on the best practices to establish a new business in the United States and transfer their employees to US offices. The Firm also assists German citizens with their citizenship retention application to retain German citizenship before they acquire US citizenship (“Beibehaltungsgenehmigung“). In line with these professional services, Jennifer Grady, Esq. will be meeting with clients in Berlin from June 20-22, and Munich from June 28 to 28, 2018.
Click here to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with Jennifer while she is in Germany, call +1 (323) 450-9010; or fill out a Contact Request Form. Continue reading
On April 12, 2018, cross-border attorney Jennifer Grady, Esq. spoke to a group of 100 Canadian entrepreneurs and US Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) at SelectUSA Canada. SelectUSA is a U.S. government-wide program led by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Since its inception, SelectUSA has facilitated more than US $25 billion in investment, creating and/or retaining tens of thousands of U.S. jobs. In addition to the annual Summit in Washington, D.C., it puts on local roadshows and events in countries around the world.
Ms. Grady’s topic, “Moving people across the border: Immigration considerations for investors“, provided an overview of considerations and options for moving key personnel to the United States. In addition, she provided tips on applying for visas and Green Cards based on investment, employment, and temporary business visits. She was joined as a panelist by executives from the U.S. Consulate in Calgary, and Custom and Border Protection (CBP). Continue reading
On April 12, 2018, Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. will speak to a group of over 100 Canadian business owners at SelectUSA Canada, which will take place this year in Calgary. Her topic, “Moving people across the border: Immigration considerations for investors“, will provide an overview of considerations and options for moving key personnel to the United States. She will be joined as a panelist by executives from the U.S. Consulate in Calgary, and Custom and Border Protection (CBP).
This will be Ms. Grady’s third time as a SelectUSA speaker–for the past two years, she was a panelist on hot topics in immigration and employment law at the flagship SelectUSA summit in Washington, D.C., which was attended by President Obama and John Kerry in 2016, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in 2017. Continue reading
On March 19, 2018, The Grady Firm, P.C. celebrated its sixth anniversary. Founded in 2012, the firm has evolved from assisting startups in the Silicon Beach area of Los Angeles, to adding immigration, employment, and intellectual property law departments with a network of twelve of-counsel attorneys in offices in Beverly Hills, Irvine, and San Diego, California. Moreover, the firm partners with attorneys licensed in Texas, Louisiana, Washington, Canada, Italy, and Germany to assist its international clientele with their matters in those jurisdictions.
In addition to assisting individuals, the firm acts as the outside legal counsel for rapidly expanding companies that add employees to its offices across California and the United States by providing on-demand employment and immigration counsel. For its international clients, the firm is the main point of contact for successful entrepreneurs who bring their ideas and business acumen to the United States.
The Grady Firm thanks its attorneys, clients, and referral partners for their support and confidence over the years.
On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Jennifer Grady, Esq. will host the 2018 Labor Law Update, sponsored by The Grady Firm, P.C. and the California Employers Association (CEA) in Beverly Hills, California. This event will cover recent, drastic changes to employment law and how such changes may impact California employers. There will be time for Questions and Answers at the end of the presentation, and the opportunity to network with other business owners.
Late last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed more than 800 new bills into law. Many new laws significantly impact employers, including: Continue reading
The California Legislature has passed the following labor and employment bills, which will become law effective January 2018.
PRIOR SALARY AND PRIOR CONVICTIONS
Salary History Information
AB 168 prohibits employers from asking job applicants for “salary history information,” which includes both compensation and benefits. But where an applicant “voluntarily and without prompting” discloses salary history information, the employer may rely upon the information in setting the applicant’s starting salary. As a result, questions about prior salary may not be asked in job applications or interviews by an employer or an agent of the employer.
Additionally, AB 168 requires employers to provide the pay scale for a position if the applicant requests it. This bill makes California the first jurisdiction in the country to require that employers provide applicants with the pay scale for a position, upon “reasonable request.”
This bill applies to employers, both private and public, and will become effective January 1, 2018. Continue reading
California Minimum Wage Rate Increase
Beginning on January 1, 2018, the minimum wage in California will increase to the following:
- Employers with 25 employees or less must pay employees at least $10.50 per hour, and
- Employers with 26 employees or more must pay employees at least $11.00 per hour.
Ten cities and counties across California will increase their minimum wages again on July 1, 2018. For the most comprehensive and up-to-date chart of minimum wage rates by city and county across California, see our article.
Keep in mind that some California counties and cities have higher minimum wages with which employers must comply. Cities and counties are allowed to establish minimum wage rates that are higher than state and federal minimum wage laws. When there are conflicting requirements in the laws, the employer must follow the stricter standard – the one that is the most generous to the employee.
Prior to 2012, only five localities had their own minimum wage laws. In the last five years, the trend towards more expansive local minimum wage amounts has caught on in cities and counties across the state. Currently, 39 counties and cities have enacted their own minimum wage laws. For information on the latest minimum wage laws in U.S. cities and counties, click here.
The following are minimum wage rates for some major California counties and cities: Continue reading
In response to multi-national corporations’ growing need to move personnel across borders, The Grady Firm has emerged as an outsourced Global Mobility Department that provides expansion and relocation services to innovative companies. The Grady Firm helps companies relocate their employees from abroad to the United States, while assisting companies with their expansion to several countries around the world.
Domestically, The Grady Firm provides to companies seeking to bring employees to the United States, and/or open a U.S. subsidiary:
- Immigration Strategy and Analysis for companies seeking long-term and short-term solutions. We develop a plan to assist owners, employees, and their dependents with visa, Green Card, and Citizenship applications;
- Employment law counseling and support for Human Resources Departments, including assistance with hiring, disciplining, and terminating employees; creating and monitoring E-Verify accounts; I-9 compliance; medical leave advising; on-site sexual harassment training in English and Spanish; on-site company investigations; and ongoing counsel for employment law concerns as companies grow and expand;
- Drafting contracts, such as employment agreements, severance agreements, independent contractor agreements, and client services agreements;
- Corporate advising and creation of US subsidiaries;
- Facilitate preparation of a comprehensive tax strategy for the company and its employees by working closely with our network of licensed tax advisors; and
- Provide referrals to our network of CPAs; real estate brokers; and payroll, insurance, employee benefits, recruiting, marketing, and credit card processing companies.