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JNCL Policy News

Posted By Trey Calvin, Thursday, October 18, 2018

Two months after August’s Leaders Forum and Capitol Hill visit, the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) has prepared the following Fall Awareness Campaign Kit for the members of the Association of Language Companies (ALC) to follow up with their representative offices on the matter of independent contracting. Download the kit.


The kit contains three items of interest:


  1. One-pager, a background summary of the origins, current practices, and desired outcomes. This document is for your own information and for printing and distributing by hand.
  2. Sample letter to congressional staffers. This document is for you to email to staffer/representatives’ offices.
  3. Sample talking points to guide you when calling congressional offices. This document is for you to reference when speaking on the phone with staffers at representatives’ offices.


As the one-pager states, JNCL’s recommendation is that the government provide one clear path to compliance for businesses. The California legislature can accomplish this by updating its wage orders to clarify that “knowledge-based industries,” like the language industry, should be exempt from the narrowest of employee classifications.


California has the strictest interpretations of the ABC rule, which is why lawmakers should expand the “B factor” to include an “or” to allow workers to perform a similar function as the hiring company’s “usual course” of business if it is in a different location:


  • Current “ABC” language: (B) The work they perform falls “outside the usual course” of the hiring company’s business;
  • Recommended “ABC” language: (B) The work they perform is either: a) outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business; or b) outside all the places of business of the entity.


Follow these steps if you do not have contact information for your representatives’ offices:


  1. Determine who your representatives are:
  2. When calling, use the Senate Directory and House Directory to find the offices’ phone numbers.
  3. When writing an email, the directories above might not include direct email addresses. If this is the case, please contact JNCL (, and we will provide them to you.


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