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 …

Starting or Growing Your Business in California? Check out these state and local tax incentives

For the entrepreneur beginning the process of establishing a Startup, one of the primary considerations is its location. It is crucial to evaluate the location, incentives available to the company, and the resources available when planning for the future success of the company. The State of California, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles County have a variety …

Changes to CA Minimum Wage Will Impact Employers’ Budgets for 2016- Are You Prepared?

by Jennifer Grady, Esq. With just a few weeks until the end of 2015, employers are rapidly approaching the statutory California minimum wage increase set to take place on January 1, 2016.  This increase means that employers must review their monthly and annual expenses to determine how the salary increase will affect their overall budget, …

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, …

Changes to California Employment Laws in 2015 that Every Employer Should Know

By Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Gayane Khechoomian, Esq. The California Legislature was quite active in 2014, resulting in several substantial changes to the law for 2015 that are employee-friendly.  Employers should take note of the changes to the law described below. I. CHANGES TO WAGE AND LABOR LAWS 1. Minimum Wage Increases The minimum …

Can’t I Just Hire an Intern? What Employers Need to Know to Stay Compliant With California Law

By Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Gayane Khechoomian, Esq. Internship programs provide great benefits to businesses and interns alike, but employers must comply with both California and Federal laws in order to avoid potential lawsuits and fines. To clarify, a person hired as an unpaid intern must (1) be a student enrolled in an accredited academic program …

New Laws Limit the Scope and Privacy of Arbitration in California Starting January 1, 2015

By Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Gayane Khechoomian, Esq. California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills into law aiming to restrict the reach of arbitration agreements, starting January 2015. The bills have the effect of chilling arbitration by making it a less attractive option for employers and making it less private. 1. Private Arbitration Providers Must …

New Laws for California Employers in 2015

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Gayane Khechoomian, Esq. The California legislature has passed numerous laws that will take effect January 1, or July 1, 2015.  Employers must revise their policies to reflect the new laws.  We have provided a summary of these new laws below.   1. NEW PAID SICK LEAVE FOR ALL EMPLOYEES Starting on July …

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 …

What Types of Lending Options are Available to help Entrepreneurs Start and Grow Their Businesses?

PERSONAL LOANS, BANK LOANS, AND SBA LOANS by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Tristan Younghaus, Esq. Starting a business can be an exciting, yet costly endeavor. Entrepreneurs need startup capital to cover the cost of living expenses, salaries, overhead, legal fees, filing fees, marketing/advertising, shipping costs, and even production costs. There are numerous funding options …

How to Earn Recognition in Your Industry

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. In some ways, it has never been easier to obtain recognition in your industry through social media--it’s instant, it’s free, and your friends (and even strangers) can share your posts for you. However, due to the proliferation of social media and social networking, it’s very easy to become lost in …

How to Obtain a Raise or Promotion

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq.Everyone wants a raise, but not everyone gets one.  Earning a promotion often coveted, but not always achieved.  In order to achieve a raise or promotion this year, you need to think about what sets you apart from the competition and puts you in good graces with your employer.In order to …

Mileage Rates Reimbursement Rates to Decrease by Half a Cent on January 1, 2014

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: -56 cents per mile for business miles driven -23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes -14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations The business, medical, and …

The Grady Firm and Women Entrepreurs Club Attended Next Generation Startups Conference for Female Entrepreneurs

  On October 17, 2013, Jennifer Grady of The Grady Firm, and members of the Women Entrepreneurs Club, attended the Next Generation Startups Conference: "Young Women Building New Business," in Manhattan Beach, CA. Women-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of new business in our economy, but there continue to be challenges in starting up …