This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
Government Advocacy

The Association of Language Companies represents its members on legislative matters in an effort to influence public policy at all levels of governance. ALC's government relations activities aim to persuade government officials to maintain policies that reflect the needs of language service companies.


  • Federal and State Legislation that helps businesses in our industry grow
  • Clarifying existing laws or policy, or their interpretation by government
  • Educating government officials about what our companies do and how important our industry is to the U.S. economy, directly and indirectly
  • The continued or increased support of the government in language services and language education throughout the United States



The ALC Knowledge Bank includes resources related to government advocacy, including state-specific resources
Go to ALC Knowledge Bank

 

 



Worker Classification


Worker Classification continues to be a key issue for ALC members. ALC believes that translators, interpreters, and other have the right to choose if they would like to work in this industry as an employee or an independent contractor. And surveys language workers overwhelmingly desire that freedom.



Read the ALC Statement of Position on Worker Classification and the Language Service Industry
Read Now

 

 



Resources for ALC Members

COVID-19 Information and Resources

ALC is helping members stay at the forefront of legislation and news impacting our language service community.

Learn More
Worker Classification Audit Assistance 

If your LSC is facing an Audit or if you have questions about the Audit process, follow these suggested guidelines.

Learn More
Strategic Plan for Enacting Law in Your State

Companies that serve as vendors to language service companies. Follow these guidelines for establishing a game plan for dealing with local and state legislators.

Learn More
ALC Advocacy Forum Panel Discussion

ALC holds periodic forums to discuss legislative issues of importance to members. in 2019, the ALC Advocacy Forum covered the Dynamic case in California. in 2020, California's AB-5 case was addressed by ALC members directly impacted.

Watch Now
ALC Webinar Series - Government Affairs

ALC hosts frequent webinars on subjects pertaining to Worker Classification, changes to Labor Laws, and more recently the impact of COVID-19 and the laws introduced in response to the pandemic.

View Recorded Webinars
Leader Forum on Capitol Hill

ALC worked with JNCL-NCLIS to organize a day on Capitol Hill for language industry leaders to speak directly to Congress Members. JNCL-NCLIS hosted a morning of education and preparation on best practices for speaking with Members of Congress and they helped us unify our talking points.

Watch Now

 



Not an ALC Member?



Get access to all Government Advocacy documents with an ALC Membership
Learn More

 

 



ALC Partnerships Leading the Fight in Government Advocacy



ALC works closely with JNCL-NCLIS, an honorary member ALC. ALC provides feedback, data, and references to help with their objectives. JNCL-NCLIS’s executive director, William P. Rivers, Ph.D., graciously brings vital information and updates to our members and stakeholders regularly. He also serves on some ALC committees and is in constant contact with our board of directors.

The Joint National Committee for Languages and National Council for Language and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) advocates for the interests of the entire language community, including private LSCs. The association accomplishes this by lobbying Congress and executive branch agencies with public awareness campaigns, and with its well-known annual Language Advocacy Day and Delegate Assembly.

Some of JNCL-NCLIS’s current initiatives include:


  • Better federal contracting policies, including restricting the Department of Defense's use of reverse auctions, and lowestprice, technically acceptable (LPTA) procurement.
  • Improvements to the prevailing wage calculations made by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Clear federal guidance on the use of raw machine translation in professional services.
  • Increases—or at least no decreases—in language education or research funding to promote innovation, global business development, economic competitiveness, and national security.

 

Learn More About JNCL-NCLIS

 

 

 
Contact Us