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 31, 2016 , the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed an amendment to its regulations in an effort to increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation in the United States. The proposed rule would allow for the use of “parole” on a case-by-case basis for certain Startup entrepreneurs whose entry into the United States would provide a significant public benefit through “the substantial and demonstrated potential for rapid business growth and job creation.” Once the notice of proposed rulemaking is published in the Federal Register, the public will have 45 days from the date of publication to comment. To submit comments in support of this rule, follow the instructions in the notice.
The new “International Entrepreneur Rule” would expand the opportunity for international entrepreneurs, inventors, and startup founders to receive “parole”, which is temporary permission to be present in the United States. “Parole” is not considered an admission to the United States, and does not confer any immigration status. In addition, once a person is granted parole, the parolee’s stay in the U.S. is at DHS’s discretion and may be terminated at any time consistent with existing regulations. DHS has broad discretion to grant parole and may do so on a case-by-case basis. Continue reading
Select LA Recap
Jennifer Grady, Esq. recently participated in the Select LA 2016 Investment Summit. SelectLA is the precursor to SelectUSA, a federal division of the Department of Commerce that seeks to attract international businesses to the United States. An international and domestic audience of more than 350 investors and business people attended the SelectLA summit on June 17, 2016 at the JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles. Panelists included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, President of World Trade Center Los Angeles Stephen Cheung, as well as many other top officials from various Los Angeles organizations such as LA Metro, Los Angeles World Airports, and the Los Angeles Ports.
Summary of FDI Report
At the summit, the World Trade Center Los Angeles released its much anticipated and expansive Foreign Direct Investment report for Southern California.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a common way for private entities and individuals, both in developed and less developed nations, to increase their wealth and capital by investing beyond their national borders. In 2015, global FDI flows amounted to nearly $1.7 trillion, making it the highest level of international capital flows in the last eight years. The United States is the recipient of more FDI than any other country, and in 2015 received $384 billion in FDI flows, the highest level since 2000. Continue reading
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 exclusive insights on opportunities in the Los Angeles region. SelectLA is hosted by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (@LAEDC). Ms. Grady will be one of the local experts with whom international investors can consult on business and immigration issues during the business matchmaking session on June 17.
This year, the event kicks off with a VIP reception at Fox Studios on June 16, followed by a day of corporate matchmaking, education, and presentations on June 17. The keynote speaker will be Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Last year, speakers included Larry Kurzweil (President & COO, Universal Studios Hollywood); Peter Rice (Chairman & CEO, Fox Networks Group); Chance Barnett (CEO, Crowdfunder), Ted Craver (CEO, Edison International); and Michael Antonovich (Chairman, LA County Board of Supervisors). Continue reading
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 numerous government-sponsored programs in place to help small to large businesses successfully transition to opening business in the state. Below are some examples of the types of business support available in California.
Programs and Services from GO-Biz, The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Site Selection Assistance
GO-Biz will conduct a confidential site selection search on your behalf, or provide you with a broker to guide you through the local commercial real estate market.
In addition, GO-Biz will send out a Request for Information to city managers and economic development departments to obtain off-market information about city, state, and county-owned properties available for lease for discounted rates, even as little as $1.00 per year.
Content excerpts courtesy of atkearney.com
In May 2016, A.T. Kearney released its annual FDI Confidence Index, which surveys C-level executives and regional and business leads from companies from 27 countries. A.T. Kearney’s Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index®, established in 1998, ranks countries based on how changes in their political, economic, and regulatory systems are likely to affect foreign direct investment inflows in the coming years. Continue reading
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 prowess.
The Collision Conference (@CollisionHQ), “America’s fastest growing tech conference”, is a major US technology and entrepreneurship conference hosted by the same entities behind Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, and F.ounders. The three-day conference will feature thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts from over 100 countries.
In juts two years, Collision has grown to over 7,500 attendees from more than 50 countries. Attendees include CEOs of both the world’s fastest growing startups and the world’s largest companies, alongside leading investors and media. This year’s speaker panels will include the CEOs from Slack, WeWork, General Electric, WordPress, and Eventbrite, among others. The conference will feature tracks on Coding, Design, E-Commerce, FinTech, Marketing, Music, Social Media, and Sports.
While at the conference, Ms. Grady will be meeting with entrepreneurs who have made the trek from around the US and the globe who to network with investors, speakers, and other entrepreneurs. She will be providing one-on-one consultations regarding corporate setup, contracts, and immigration issues for business owners.
To schedule a consultation with Ms. Grady at Collision, please fill out a contact request form.
About Jennifer Grady, Esq.
Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. is an attorney, business consultant, and community organizer. Ms. Grady founded the law firm of The Grady Firm, P.C. in 2012 with a passion for helping business owners, entrepreneurs, and their families achieve the American Dream of freedom, opportunity, self-sufficiency, and success. As an international business attorney, she teaches entrepreneurs around the world how to open a business in the United States, and has lectured extensively throughout California, Canada, Chile, Argentina, and the United States on business, immigration, and employment law topics in both English and in Spanish.
Ms. Grady and her team of attorneys at The Grady Firm, P.C. specialize in business, employment, and immigration law for California entrepreneurs, and act the liaison for foreign business owners that wish to expand their operations to the United States. In order to support their clients throughout the state, The Grady Firm has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, and serves clients remotely from across the globe.
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 full-fledged businesses, to helping companies across the state with hundreds of employees stay compliant with California labor law to mitigate the effects of costly litigation.
Since early 2015, our immigration practice tripled as we expanded our focus across the globe to countries like Canada, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and the UK through speaking engagements, webinars, and in-person consultations abroad.
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 of incentive programs available to both small and large businesses. While incentives should not be the only reason why one should consider a location, incentives may be one of many factors that could help lead to a final location decision.
Incentive programs typically fall into two categories: legislated and discretionary. State and federal legislated incentives are “on the books” and available to any business that meets stated criteria. Discretionary incentives are customized and provided by certain cities and only for specific projects on a case-by-case basis. In almost every case, discretionary incentives come into play when a community is trying to attract a large business operation that brings significant investment into that community and will have a substantial impact on jobs created.
The Los Angeles County 2015/2016 Business Incentives and Resources Guide describes the federal, state and local business incentives; employee training; business assistance; financial assistance; and additional “green” resources that can help you locate to L.A. County and/or grow your business here. Read below for a sampling of the state level and local tax incentives for 2016.
To learn more about the pros and cons of moving your Startup to Silicon Valley, read this article.
Today, Compass revealed the 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking. With this report, Compass hopes to “accelerate the development of startup ecosystems around the world by answering critical questions for entrepreneurs, investors, and policy makers that are difficult to answer without the data [it has] gathered and analyzed in this report, as well as to raise the general populace’s awareness of the increasing socioeconomic importance of startup ecosystems.” The index is produced by ranking ecosystems along five major components: Performance, Funding, Talent, Market Reach, and Startup Experience. Continue reading
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, litigation, immigration, and international business law.
The firm has offices throughout California, in its Los Angeles Headquarters in the museum district of Miracle Mile; the Financial District of San Francisco; and the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. Most recently, The Grady Firm will be partnering with a law firm in Guadalajara, Mexico, in order to establish a link between businesses in the United States and Mexico, and open its first office abroad.
This year, the firm expanded globally by pursuing international business opportunities in Chile, Argentina, and Mexico by acting as the liaison for international Startups wishing to expand their market reach to the United States. To that end, Ms. Grady attended the IIUSA EB-5 Conference in San Francisco in October; gave a presentation to a community of international entrepreneurs at Start-up Chile, a government-funded incubator in Santiago de Chile; and established relationships with Argentinian, Mexican, and Swedish investors intending to open new businesses in the United States.
The March 2015 issue of Inc. Magazine named Santiago de Chile one of the top five emerging Startup hubs for opportunities to launch or expand internationally. According to Inc. Magazine, one of the top draws to Santiago, a city of 6.3 million inhabitants, is Start-up Chile, the government-sponsored incubator program that attracts top international talent with a one-year visa, free workspace, and $33,000 in seed money that does not have to be repaid. Over 16,000 applicants applied to the program, and 1,000 companies from 75 countries have been selected to date. According to its website, Start-up Chile’s goal is “to hasten the occurrence of customer-validated and scalable companies that will leave a lasting impact on the Latin American ecosystem”. Continue reading
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 wage increased statewide, with even higher increases in particular cities:
- California’s minimum wage of $9.00 will increase again to $10.00 on January 1, 2016;
- San Francisco wages will increase to $11.05 on January 1, 2015; then to $12.25 in May; wages will increase every year thereafter until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 in 2018;
- Oakland will increase to $12.25 on March 2, 2015;
- San Diego will increase to $9.75 on January 1, 2015;
- Note: exempt employees must meet new minimum wage laws
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 Publish Quarterly Matter Details Online re Consumer Arbitrations
After January 1, 2015, AB 802 will have the effect of reducing the privacy of arbitration by requiring major arbitration providers such as JAMS and AAA to publish at least quarterly on their websites detailed information concerning consumer matters they have abritrated. Continue reading
On November 14, 2014, the attorneys from The Grady Firm, P.C. met with over 60 entrepreneurs and small business owners at the second annual Be Great Fest at Los Angeles Center Studios. The all-day event featured presentations by keynote speakers from game-changing companies such as Shoe Dazzle, Nordstrom.com, Playboy, Legal Zoom, and The Honest Company. Continue reading