Additional Employer Requirements Under San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

In California, employees can apply for paid family leave (PFL) benefits administered through the California’s Employment Development Department (EDD).  These PFL benefits are funded through employee-paid payroll taxes, and provide eligible employees with six (6) weeks of partial wage replacement.  No state-wide law requires that employers offer paid parental leave. San Francisco, however, has enacted …

The Grady Firm Celebrates Its Fourth Anniversary

On March 19, 2016, The Grady Firm, P.C. celebrates its four year anniversary. We would like to thank our clients, colleagues, and referral partners for helping us reach this milestone, and for supporting our success along the way. Over the past four years, we have grown from helping Startups in Silicon Beach develop ideas into …

5 Secrets to Preparing a Successful H-1B Application

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. One of the most notorious ways for foreign professionals to obtain a visa and even a Green Card in the US is through an H-1B visa, which requires sponsorship by the professional’s employer, and can be granted for three years with one additional three year renewal. The H-1B allows U.S. …

California Cities and Counties “Ban the Box” That Asks About Criminal History on Job Applications

It’s a familiar box on any job application. “Check here if you have ever been convicted of a crime in a court of law.” But is it legal? Recent US Census results illustrate that as many as 70 million American adults have a criminal record of some kind. In California, as many as 1 in …

City of San Francisco Announces its 2016 Increased Employer Healthcare Spending Rates

The City of San Francisco has announced the 2016 rates for its employer health care spending law, under which employers must either contribute a specified amount toward their employees' health care costs on a regular basis, or pay into a city health care fund for San Francisco residents.  Employers with workers in San Francisco will …

The Grady Firm, P.C. Celebrates Its Third Anniversary With Expansion Across California and Latin America

On March 19, 2015, The Grady Firm, P.C. celebrates its third anniversary. Founded in 2012 by Jennifer Grady, Esq. as a one-woman firm dedicated to serving the legal and business counseling needs of entrepreneurs, the firm has evolved into a one-stop shop for business owners with a team of eight attorneys specializing in business, employment, …

The Grady Firm to Attend EB-5 Market Exchange Conference in San Francisco, October 22-24, 2014

Jennifer Grady, Esq., founding attorney of The Grady Firm, P.C. will attend the fourth annual EB-5 Market Exchange in San Francisco on October 22-24, 2014, hosted by IIUSA. The exchange is the industry’s largest annual gathering of business-focused EB-5 professionals and will draw over 500 attendees for a week of business development, industry education, and Program …

New Paid Sick Leave Requirements for California Employers Starts July 1, 2015

By Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Gayane Khechoomian, Esq. Starting on July 1, 2015, a new law affecting millions of Californians will require that employers - both public and private - provide paid sick leave to all their employees. The “Healthy, Workplace, Healthy Families Act” (AB-1522) signed into effect by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. …

Jennifer Grady, Esq. to be a”Super Mentor” at Green Festival Los Angeles, September 12, 2014

On September 12, 2014, Jennifer Grady, Esq. will be counseling Green business owners as part of the Pay It Forward Labs Super Mentor area at the Green Festival at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  The PIF Labs Super Mentor area will feature experts from all fields of business from 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Attendees who are interested …

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Passes Fair Chance Ordinance, Creating New Requirements for Employers During the Hiring Process

by Gayane Khechoomian As of August 13, 2014, San Francisco businesses with 20 or more employees are required to review an individual's qualifications before inquiring about that person's arrest and conviction record(s) and related information. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Fair Chance Ordinance (“FCO”) requiring that employers limit the use of criminal history information …

The Grady Firm, P.C. Expands to San Francisco and San Diego, California

The Grady Firm, P.C. is pleased to announce that it has opened offices in San Francisco and San Diego, California to better serve the needs of its clientele throughout the state. These offices are exciting additions to the current Los Angeles headquarters in the Miracle Mile/Museum District of Los Angeles, which is located across the street …

Why Does Your Company Need an Employee Handbook?

Wage and hour disputes are on the rise in California, where the laws tend to favor the employee over the employer.  One of the first things that plaintiff's counsel will ask for in a lawsuit is a copy of the company's Employee Handbook, so it is essential that a company have a tailored, up-to-date Handbook …

The Top Six I-9 Compliance Issues to Avoid

To many employers and HR professionals, an I-9 form may appear to be a simple one-page piece of hiring paperwork. However, the one page I-9 form comes with enough rules and regulations to fill a 69-page how-to manual, the M-274 Handbook for Employers. There are many common mistakes and human errors that can be made …

How Business Owners Can Reduce Their Risk of Lawsuits and Protect Their Assets- FREE Webinar on April 29, 2014

Join Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. (attorney and business consultant at The Grady Firm, P.C.) and George Zeeks (Coach/Trainer/Team Leader at the Automotive Training Institute) as they discuss the ins and outs of the legal process as it applies to small business owners! Using her background as a trial lawyer and business consultant, Jennifer helps Repair …