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Interpreters play a vital role in immigration courts — but their rights are being violated, labor board says

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 6, 2017

By the Los Angeles Times

The company tapped by the federal government to provide interpreters in immigration court wrongly classified employees as independent contractors and fired those who spoke out, the National Labor Relations Board said in a complaint issued Wednesday.

The complaint alleges that SOS International, also known as SOSi, misclassified workers and engaged in unfair labor practices under the National Labor Relations Act, including coercion and retaliation. By misclassifying workers, SOSi circumvented labor laws that would require it to pay overtime and to provide certain benefits, such as workers’ compensation.

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Christopher S. Carter says...
Posted Tuesday, June 6, 2017
This whole scenario reminds me a lot of what happened in the UK with Capita and the Ministry of Justice a few years ago. I wonder if the client was putting pressure on lower prices, which was partly responsible for them getting a lower bidder who ended up with lower quality, and thus all the no-shows and quality complaints. I see parallels to both the MOJ situation across the pond and also the growing trend of employment classification issues for interpreters here.
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William P. Rivers Ph.D. says...
Posted Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Chris is spot on. So long as LPTA (Lowest Price, Technically Acceptable) and reverse auction contracts are used by buyers, we'll see these issues.
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