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A Roadmap for AB5: California's New Law on Worker Classification (document)
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What Assembly Bill 5 Means for Linguists
New California Law Codifies – and Expands – Strict ABC Test for Independent Contractor Status
What ALC Advocates For
One of most important issues right now—both federally, and especially at the state level all around the United States—is worker classification. ALC believes that translators, interpreters, and other language workers should have the right to choose if they would like to work in this industry as an employee or an independent contractor. And surveys consistently show that these language workers overwhelmingly desire that freedom.
There is a lot of confusion on the part of auditors from both federal and state agencies on this issue. And many language company owners have been the victims of audits implemented based on laws that were written without the language industry in mind. This lack of clarity has resulted in audit rulings that have put some companies out of business, and financially devastated others.
2019 ALC Advocacy Forum Panel
ALC Webinar Series
Be sure to also check our ALC Webinar Series. Some of these webinars discuss and educate on government advocacy issues that are important to you. ALC members can attend any webinar for free. And non-members can attend for a small fee. ALC members can also watch recordings of past webinars at any time.
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ALC Members Are Proactive
ALC was created, in part to be a strong, unified voice that can represent the industry’s interests to the government. Along with the efforts of the association itself, many members of ALC have come together to advocate at either the federal or state level.
You can’t talk about advocacy in the language industry without mentioning one of our founders, Bill Graeper. Many years ago, he led the charge to fight for legislative protections for language companies in his state of Oregon. But he also travelled around the country often, at his own expense, to consult with groups of companies in other states who were fighting similar legislative battles.
Five ALC member companies, including Bill’s company, co-founded the Contract Interpreters Information Center, an organization dedicated to helping both companies and freelancers promote and defend the validity of the contractor business model.
Several ALC members have testified before various state legislative houses around the country, and even before Congress.
Several state-based advocacy partnerships have even been inspired or created during ALC meetings and events, including for Oregon, New York, Washington, Maryland, Connecticut, and Michigan. These groups have hired lobbyists, shared resources, petitioned their state governments, hired specialized legal support, and helped each other through individual legal battles and audits.
Resources For Your Local Efforts
ALC's Meetings for Government Advocacy
ALC also brings together industry leaders to regularly discuss in-person topics such as regulation, compliance, lobbying, and advocacy.
Advocacy Forum on Capitol Hill (May 2019: Washington, DC)
At the beginning of our 2019 ALC Conference, with the help of JNCL-NCLIS, we scheduled another day of meetings between the offices of various US Congress Members and Congressional Committees and dozens of ALC members and other conference attendees to discuss key legislative topics of interest to the language services industry. Again, JNCL-NCLIS prepared this group for these conversations. Participation in these events is always open to everyone.
Advocacy Forum Panel (January 2019: Huntington Beach, CA)
ALC hosted a full day before our UnConference to bring together a panel of experts to discuss worker classification issues. This panel included leaders from the language services industry, government policy think tanks, small business advocacy groups, and more. From the presentation of new information to in-depth conversation and discussion with the audience, this event empowered our large crowd of attendees to better protect their companies and to work together on this ongoing issue.
Leaders Forum on Capitol Hill (September 2019: Washington, DC)
With increasing pressure on legislators at the state and federal level to address worker classification concerns, 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 also to help our group unify our and clarify our talking points. Or first such Capitol Hill Day was a great success.
ALC's Work With JNCL-NCLIS
ALC works closely with JNCL-NCLIS, which is an honorary member of the association. We provide it with feedback, data, and references to help with its objectives. We promote participation and support among our members and the industry at large. 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:
Learn more about the JNCL-NCLIS