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Independent Contractor or Employee? How to Handle AB5 in the Entertainment Industry
For entertainment industry professionals: Are you getting paid overtime? Are you taking meal and rest breaks? Are you worried that something's not right with your employment contract? For production companies: have you properly classified your workers? Are you aware of the incredibly high fines and penalties that you can incur for misclassifying workers? Find out how to navigate the independent contractor law in California (AB5) that has been so controversial that it spawned California Prop 22 and has disrupted many industries. Hear from employment lawyer, Jennifer Grady, Esq., and entertainment industry podcaster, Nancy Fulton, about how to navigate this complex law so that you are compliant with the law, and doing the right thing! Find out whether you or your workers should be classified as an independent contractor or employee by booking a FREE consultation with The Grady Firm here: https://www.gradyfirm.com/schedule Learn more about AB5 on our resources page: https://www.gradyfirm.com/abc-of-ab5
How are International Students Affected by Schools Changing to Online Classes?
International Students Must Take In-Person Classes Starting This Fall or Immediately Depart the US Under New ICE Order As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in many parts of the United States, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that international students studying in the United States pursuant to an F-1 Student Visa must take most of their classes in person or depart the country. In a sudden reversal to previous policy which permitted international students to participate in virtual classes as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, ICE’s new guidance will force international students to take most, if not all classes in-person. If an international student is facing a situation in which his or her school is not offering in-person classes, ICE suggests changing to a school that does permit in-person classes. If the student is unable to take in-person classes, they must depart the United States immediately. Several universities have filed lawsuits to stop this change before the July 15, 2020 deadline for schools to announce whether they will provide classes in person, online, or a hybrid method. This change can have major consequences for students who may be required to depart the US if their school changes to online-only classes. Find out what you can do and how to formulated your Plan A and Plan B based on how litigation proceeds by July 14. Read more in our blog article here: https://bit.ly/3gMbTW3 Book a free consultation or 30-Minute Discovery Session with The Grady Firm here: https://lnkd.in/gtSjYVt or call 949-798-6298. How has this order affected you or someone you know? Comment below and share with your friends. Read more on our COVID-19 resources page: https://www.gradyfirm.com/coronavirus-employment-law
How does the 6/22 Presidential Proclamation Affect L-1, J-1, H-1B, H-2B, & Green Card Applications?
On Monday June 22, President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending the issuance of visas in certain nonimmigrant (temporary) worker categories through the end of the calendar year 2020, extended an existing temporary ban on certain permanent visa categories through the end of the year, and ordered government agencies to investigate possible further work visa restrictions. The Order, which took effect immediately, covers H-1B Specialty Occupation workers, H-2B Seasonal workers, L-1A Multinational Executives and Managers, L-1B Multinational Specialized Employees, and J-1 Exchange Visitors. The Order also applies to the visas normally issued to the dependents of the impacted classifications. Also, in addition to temporarily suspending temporary work visas, the Order extends the President’s existing suspension on certain Immigrant (permanent) visa categories until the end of the year. All restrictions listed in the Order could potentially be extended past December 31, 2020 if the Trump Administration can demonstrate a continued need for the restrictions. Find out how this impacts these visa holders, and alternative options for people interested in coming to the US. Read our blog article here: https://bit.ly/302bBUt Book a free consultation or 30-Minute Discovery Session with The Grady Firm here: https://www.gradyfirm.com/schedule or call 949-798-6298. How has this order affected you or someone you know? Comment below and share with your friends. View our COVID-19 resources here: https://www.gradyfirm.com/coronavirus-employment-law
Getting Back to Work Post Quarantine
After three months of stay-at-home orders and business operations restrictions, it's time to start thinking about what the "new normal" will look like for your business and employees now that the economy is re-opening. Learn steps that you should take to safely re-open your business, what policies you should have in writing, updates to add to your Employee Handbooks, new policies and procedures, and how to document staffing changes. We will also briefly address the latest revisions to the PPP program and provide resources to obtain assistance with your forgiveness application. We will save time for Q&A with Jennifer after the presentation. If you have topics you would like to see discussed in the presentation, please email The Grady Firm in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing and Reopening Field Offices
On March 20, USCIS announced the temporary suspension of Premium Processing for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). However, on June 1, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will resume Premium Processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month. In addition, beginning June 4, 2020, certain USCIS field offices and asylum offices will resume non-emergency face-to-face services to the public. Application support centers will resume services later. Hear the latest information on these topics from immigration attorneys, Jennifer Grady, Esq., and Anthony Mance, Esq., at The Grady Firm, P.C. in Southern California. For more details, review our blog on this topic: https://bit.ly/3eDkKs7
Roadmap for to returning to work after COVID-19
As will all things COVID-19 related, we are learning the new rules as they are issued by various authorities. Expect to see a plethora of lawsuits as businesses and employees capitalize on mistakes that were made during the uncertainties of the pandemic. Don't get caught up in this second storm! Now is the time to prepare your roadmap for the new world as employees and customers start returning to your business. Hear "9 steps that business owners should take when reopening" from Jenny Tran, Esq., business and tax attorney at Brown and Streza, LLP. Learn potential lawsuit traps, how to offensively prepare for them, and which policies you should be implementing for your employees from Jennifer Grady, Esq., employment attorney at The Grady Firm, P.C. For more information, view The Grady Firm's COVID-19 resource page here: https://www.gradyfirm.com/coronavirus-employment-law You can contact Jenny Tran at (949) 453-2900 for business and tax advice, and Jennifer Grady at 949-798-6298 for employment and immigration counseling. What are some of your concerns as we reopen businesses and return to work? Post in the comments below!
05 12 20 H 2B and EB 3 for trucking industry
The U.S. trucker shortage is expected to more than double over the next decade as the industry struggles to replace aging drivers and recruit more women. What if there was another way to fill this shortage by recruiting drivers from abroad? What if you could sponsor family members for a visa or Green Card to be a driver for your business? Join immigration attorneys Jennifer Grady and Anthony Mance to learn more about the H-2B visa program for temporary workers, and the EB-3 Green Card to sponsor foreign workers. These visas apply to workers in other industries as well, so join us to learn about the process and benefits from working with foreign talent when there are worker shortages. Learn more immigration options on The Grady Firm website here: https://www.gradyfirm.com/immigration. To find out of these immigration options are right for you or your business, schedule a complimentary consultation with us here: https://www.gradyfirm.com/schedule
PPP Loan Forgiveness
May 5, 2020 Kim Hickey, Jennifer Grady, and Jenny Tran Special guests Jenny Tran and Jennifer Grady Blecha discuss PPP loan forgiveness details, in addition to cautionary and preparedness measures you can take to maximize forgiveness. Jenny Tran is a senior business and tax planning attorney, educator, and small business champion from Brown and Streza. She can be found on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/jennifer-tran-clinger-esq) or contacted at Brown & Streza (http://www.brownandstreza.com/Attorneys/JennyTran.aspx). Jennifer Grady is a business and employment lawyer from the Grady Firm in CA. She is also a longtime friend of ATI, the daughter of fellow ATI family members Tom and Donna Grady. She can be found on Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifergradyesq/). You can get the latest info on COVID and videos on her website resources page (https://www.gradyfirm.com/coronavirus-employment-law). Consultations can be scheduled on her website, or call 949-798-6298.
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