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Government Affairs May 2018 Update

Posted By Bill Rivers, Monday, May 7, 2018

The 2018 ALC Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, was amazing, and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to 2019 in Washington, D.C.! The Annual Conference and the UNConference present excellent opportunities to recharge, connect with peers in the industry, share best practices, and learn about how everyone is facing the latest challenges. Many thanks to all who attended the “Futureproofing” plenary and took the time to chat at the conference!

One of the perennial challenges facing our industry is the uneven and capricious auditing of independent contractors. While we are making progress at the national level to reduce the incentives provided by the Department of Labor to pursue misclassification issues and to establish consistent guidelines for compliance under the Unemployment Act, state governments continue to look at employee classification. In California, where many ALC members have prevailed in their appeals of misclassification audits, a recent court ruling threatens all of our progress. We’ve just started monitoring this development.

In Washington, D.C., we’ve had very productive meetings with the Department of Labor on a wide range of issues, including the methodology of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and its prevailing wage determinations for our industry, the enforcement of the Service Contracting Act, and transitioning veterans into the language industry. We will provide updates as these initiatives move forward. We are still in the early days of the Trump administration, but as I said in Scottsdale, there’s a great deal of substantive support for the business world in D.C., and we will take every advantage of it.

Submitted by Bill Rivers, Ph.D., Executive Director Joint National Committee for Languages - National Council for Languages and International Studies

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