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What ALC Advocates For
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.
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.
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.