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Legal and Community Organizations Announce Free Trainings on Labor Law and Protecting Businesses from ICE

The effort seeks to  empower small business owners with in-language seminars 

From left to right: Ray Jan (Rosemead Chamber of Commerce), Sharisse Deal (Seyfarth Shaw LLP), Councilmember Denise Menchaca (City of Rosemead), Stewart Kwoh (Advancing Justice-LA), Florence Lin (Asian Youth Center), Verena Kwan (Asian Youth Center), Yanin Senachai (Advancing Justice-LA)


LOS ANGELES, CA - The Rosemead Chamber of Commerce and Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel are hosting trainings as part of an on-going effort to create a prosperous local economy with a sustainable workforce. Amid growing anti-immigrant sentiment across the nation alongside an increased threat of raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it is important for small business owners to arm themselves with knowledge and resources to comply with labor laws and protect their immigrant workforce while also meeting their bottom lines.  

To assist these small businesses in meeting their goals and learning how to protect their businesses, legal and community organizations are offering the below free trainings at the Rosemead Community Recreation Center at 3936 Muscatel Ave., Rosemead, CA 91770:

  • A Helpful Overview on Employment Law ComplianceSeptember 21, 2017, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., presented by the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP. 
  • What to do if Immigration Comes to Your WorkplaceSeptember 22, 2017, from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA and National Employment Law Project will provide employers with practical tips and information on how to protect themselves and their employees in the event immigration authorities or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) try to enter a workplace or ask for information about workers.

“Our Country depends on the success of small business owners,” says Denise Menchaca, first elected Latina San Gabriel City Councilmember.  “One predictor of  economic success has been education and training. As a small business owner myself and San Gabriel City Councilmember, I proudly support educational programs that provide valuable training and best practices to SGV owners.  The goal is to show immigrants how to access resources and teach them to do it independently.  We are confident that these workshops will assist businesses to achieve their financial goals and address workforce issues.”
“Rosemead Chamber of Commerce is not only the voice for businesses communities, we are also an information, education center for the business community,” says its CEO/Executive Director, Ray Jan.  “We want to provide them the current legislative update, we are here to support our community to be informed, be equipped. There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about the changes in labor law.  We are thankful for this joint partnership on offering labor law workshops with on-site translators.  This will help us break the language barriers and serve the diverse business community in San Gabriel Valley.”

“Seyfarth Shaw LLP is proud to partner with this initiative and use our expertise to educate small businesses and non-profits on the challenges associated with California employment law compliance”, says Sharisse Deal, Christopher Im, and Leo Li, associates at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

“Asian Youth Center works with a lot of community members, including employers in the San Gabriel Valley, who really want to legal immigration or resources. Many community members seem scared or misinformed in this environment, but we think information will give them power to protect themselves and their employees,” says Florence Lin, Community Relations Manager. 

“Because many Asian low-wage immigrant workers depend on small businesses for their livelihood, we are prioritizing supporting these small businesses in the new economy and in this hostile anti-immigrant climate. We hope fear of immigration enforcement will not hurt our businesses and economic growth,” said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA).

The effort includes a comprehensive guide for employers (found at:, “What to Do if Immigration Comes to your Workplace”, published by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC). The guide is offered in five languages—Chinese, Korean, Thai, Spanish, and English. It explains best practices for employers concerned about possible enforcement actions by ICE, describes the most common types of ICE workplace actions, outlines steps that employers can take to prepare for ICE actions, and explains employers’ rights and responsibilities in those situations, and what they can do after being targeted by ICE. Most importantly, the guide urges employers to train their staff to be ready for an immigration raid of I-9 audit. 

The September 21 and 22 trainings will provide language interpretation in English and Chinese. To register for the trainings, or inquire about hosting seminars in other languages, please contact: Yanin Senachai at 213-241-0253 or [email protected]

Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Friday, September 15, 2017


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