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The Pulse

Inside This Edition: 

ALC Sponsor Opportunities 
ALC 8th Annual UnConferenceTM, January 2020 

AB5/Worker Classification
ASTM Updates

ALC Member Spotlight
ALC Roundtables
ALC 18th Annual Conference: Call for Speakers 
ALC Upcoming Events



Thank you to our 8th Annual UnConferenceTM Sponsors!


Considering an ALC UnConference™ sponsorship? Showcase your Company among leaders in the language service company arena. Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Click Here to Learn More!


Become a Sponsor Today!


8th Annual UnConferenceTM , January 2020


Early-Bird Registration Deadline Is December 23, 2019. Register Now!

Don't forget to reserve your room at the Wyndham! Our ALC discounted Room Block Cuts-Off 12/23/19! Reserve Your Room Now!


Don't miss your opportunity to join ALC at the beautiful Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Resort, January 23-25, 2020! Our three (3) day executive retreat will feature plenty of networking opportunities, profound roundtable discussions, and a Friday night dinner extravaganza filled with dinner and dancing at the Hacienda Siesta Alegre!  The Hacienda Siesta Alegre is a beautiful, rustic style 120-acre resort stations next to the El Yunque Tropical Rainforest. Experience the best views that Puerto Rico has to offer with the breathtaking tropical fauna & floral wildlife including the rainforest’s mountain range. From every angle of this active farm resort, you will be immersed with true Puerto Rico culture extending from the beautiful architecture buildings, traditional passing, and ample green pastures. This is sure to be a memorable experience.

With group transportation provided from the Wyndham to and from the Hacienda, you will arrive in time to watch the sunset over the Caribbean followed by cocktails, dinner, dancing and networking opportunities. A truly unforgettable evening included in your registration fees for attendees!



Plan Your Trip Today!



Andrzej Nedoma, Sales & Business Coach, and Co-Founder and CEO of XTRF Management Systems will be hosting a session entitled "Solution & Value Selling - Sales Training Tailored for the Localization Industry" on Wednesday, January 22nd! Registration for this session is separate from UnConference™ registration fees and is open until 12/23/19. Register here before time runs out!

Andrzej Nedoma is the Co-founder and CEO of XTRF Management Systems, an online translation management platform for translation companies, corporate language departments, and public organizations. His company helped hundreds of translation and localization agencies in 30 countries to leverage their potential. Andrzej has been building his translation industry expertise since 1996 to later become Managing Director of a leading Central European translation company LIDO-LANG Technical Translations which was eventually sold to Sepro Group from Spain. Andrzej was awarded the Polish Entrepreneur of the Year in the category “Services”. Apart from work, Andrzej is also an engaged triathlete, competing in IronMan triathlon races – this year on Half-IronMan distance and preparing for full-IronMan distance in near future.


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AB5/Workers Classification

 Impacted by Worker Classification?

We all know the impact AB5 has had on our California ALC constituents, and we see similar situations occurring in New York and New Jersey. Other locations will surely begin to feel the heat of this polarizing topic. ALC supports the position that a worker should be able to choose how they engage in the marketplace – either as an independent contractor or as an employee.

Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (SCRID) shared their experiences here.

ALC leadership is keeping apprised of activities and legislation impacting workers in the language service space. We want to hear from you! Please share your experiences with ALC. We can all learn from one another.


Share Your Story Now!


 Special thanks to CoPTIC for sharing the experiences of valued colleagues.

From a Southern California freelance Certified Spanish Interpreter of 20 years:

"I’m a resident of Southern California and have been a freelance Certified Spanish Interpreter of 20
years. Due to a work injury, I became a Spanish Interpreter through California’s Workers’ Compensation
and Vocational Rehabilitation system. I was fortunate to have the language skills and education
required to pass the state exams and work in this field.

Even though I still live with the effects of that injury on a daily basis, working as an interpreter and
independent contractor has allowed me to continue to earn income for my family despite my
physical limitations. I’m able to control my schedule and the type of assignments I accept according
to what I feel I’m able to handle. I wouldn’t be able to do this as an employee and it’s the main
reason why I wish to continue to work as an independent contractor.

As an independent contractor I work for both agencies and direct clients. Last year alone I worked
for 24 different agencies and 3 direct clients. When I feel physically unable to work I simply turn
down assignments if it’s for an agency, or I subcontract to other interpreters if it’s for one of my
direct clients. If interpreters and translators do not get an exemption from AB5, I will no longer be
able to do this, and my ability to earn income will be severely limited.

AB5 has already begun to adversely affect my business. Recently, I’ve had to turn down work from
my direct clients for 2 assignments in January. Since they are for languages that I do not speak, I
would have to subcontract to other interpreters, but to do so would not be in compliance with the
new law. I’m very concerned that if I continue to turn down work, my clients will no longer use my
In addition, an agency that has given me work for many years has recently hinted that they will
continue to do so if I incorporate, something that I presently can ill afford.

But AB5 will not only affect me and my business, it will have a negative impact on the community I
serve. I work almost exclusively within California’s Workers’ Compensation system and provide
interpreting services for Spanish speaking injured workers. The effects of AB5 will most likely
result in fewer professional certified interpreters available to cover assignments, which would in
turn cause delays in treatment and other services for those that do not speak English.

Another troublesome aspect to interpreters not remaining independent is the ability to remain
neutral while doing our job. Something we’re easily able to do as independent contractors but that
could prove quite challenging as employees.Lastly, I recently invested in training as a Notary Signing
Agent but have since discovered that NSA’s are also hired as independent contractors by agencies in
order to provide services for their clients, so I’m facing the same challenges I do as an interpreter.
Without an exemption from AB5 for interpreters and translators, my ability to make a living will be
severely impaired."

From a Bay Area Translator with Over a Decade of Experience:

"I am a translator living in northern California where I have been working successfully and happily as a freelancer for the past decade. My translation business is my full-time profession. I am a sole proprietor doing business almost exclusively with translation agencies, by choice: I can charge less per hour, but I do not have to spend a lot of my time searching for clients. Instead, I can use my working hours doing what I do best and enjoy most — translating!

On top of a Master’s degree in Social sciences from my native country, I earned a professional certificate in translation from an American university, for which I studied while working and raising my children. My double training helped me specialize once I became a translator. As a freelancer, I make my own hours and decide which translation agencies I want to work with, which projects I wish to accept and which to refuse, how I get the job done and how much I charge. Because I work from home, I don’t have a commute so I don’t contribute to traffic congestion and pollution in my area. Working from home also allows me to be here every day when my children come home from school.

Now that AB5 has been passed into law without an exemption for translators and interpreters, it looks like I could lose all of my income starting January 2020 because of condition B of the law: the work that I perform is not outside the usual course of the agencies offering me projects. Without translators and interpreters being specifically exempt from AB5, translation agencies might stop offering me projects. To be compliant, they would have to hire me as their employee, which would be too cumbersome for them to do when the hours I work for them vary immensely from one month to the next. Besides, I enjoy my freedom and do not wish to be my agencies’ employee. And given the fact that, in 2019 alone, I did business with 21 different agencies to date, does that mean I would have 21 different employers? I wouldn’t work enough hours for a single one of them on any given month to be eligible for benefits, so what will a law who is supposed to be good for individuals bring me, besides hassles and paperwork?

I am extremely worried about what my business will become. Translation agencies need to fight alongside the freelancers who provide translations for their clients, so that our whole industry can demonstrate to the lawmakers that translators and interpreters do need to be specifically exempted from AB5."

Click Here to Learn More.

    CoPTIC, the Coalition of Practicing Translators & Interpreters of California, is a group of working interpreters and translators in the state of California concerned with defending the independence of language professionals. They are practicing professionals composed of court, administrative hearing, and medical certified interpreters; conference and community interpreters; translation and interpretation educators; and certified translators.    



ASTM F43 has one ballot (19.02) open now and closing December 27. A second ballot for 2020-2021 officers opened on December 5. The email invites come from and will require members to log on to ASTM F43. 

Cast your vote here

ASTM 3130-18

ALC partners with Orion Assessment Services to offer certification to language companies under ASTM 3130-18 at a discount to ALC members!

"Customers working with SOSi know they are getting a trusted mission partner with interpreters and translators that are trained, competent experts in their respective languages and professional disciplines." 

-- Charles Ratzer, Marketing Director
SOS International LLC

Watch the ALC webinar "Standard Practice for Language Service Companies" to learn more about the importance of certification. This webinar is hosted by David Huebel, President of Orion Assessment Services of Canada. 


Start your certification process today!


ALC Member Spotlight: Richard Antoine 


Tell us a little about your company/companies, age, location, etc. What sectors do you work in?

- Founded in 1993, Healthcare and Human Services, most work focused on communication with US populations
- Location: SoCal with office in Lima, Peru

Have you been in the language industry for your entire professional career? What led you to becoming an LSC?

- Not entire professional career but most. Started at age 28.
- My wife was working at local hospital and couldn’t find Chinese translator. I was looking to start a business, so investigated industry. I saw potential and started an LSC.

What has been your best memory in your career, or the thing(s) you are most proud of?

- Looking back: starting the ALC was transformative. First ALC president!!

What is your history in the ALC?


As first president, we all came together for a common goal. There was passion behind it despite divergent views. Steve Iverson was the administrator of TCD. At a TCD gathering, it was decided companies were ready for their own organization. Company owners decided to meet to discuss issues, much like today’s CEO Roundtables. In Chicago, at a private event, it was decided that companies needed a trade organization to represent the interests of our businesses. The founders came together, thanks to the efforts of Bill Graeper, and created the ALC.


What is your greatest takeaway from the ALC and what is the greatest value the ALC provides to you, to the industry?

It’s easy for organizations to become complacent. The path of the ALC has changed over time, and with evolution and change comes divergent opinions. With that comes a stronger organization. Change is good as it brings about growth.

Family? Hobbies? Partners in business? Fun Facts?

I love riding motorcycles. I also have a daughter in school in Cleveland and a son participating in Fulbright in Mexico.




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ALC Roundtables

Interested in hosting an ALC Roundtable, but don’t know where to start? Well, look no further! Did you know that by emailing you can be guided on hosting and learning as much as you need to feel comfortable in promoting these important networking events in your area? Additionally, you don’t have to do this alone. Co-hosting is completely acceptable. In fact, we strongly encourage meeting quarterly at a convenient location for your geographic area. For instance, maybe you would like to host, but don’t have the meeting space. The solution is to meet at a local restaurant and designate this as your quarterly spot for all ALC members in your area to congregate. Think of it as a mini UnConferenceTM! Please feel free to reach out with any other questions about these events. Happy Holidays from the ALC Roundtable Committee!


Learn More About Roundtables Today


ALC 18th Annual Conference: Call for Speakers 



If you or someone you know would be interested in speaking at the ALC 18th Annual Conference in Las Vegas, click the button below to start the proposal process. We look forward to hearing from you! We look forward to hearing from you!



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Upcoming ALC Events

  • January 15, 2020: ALC Roundtable: Antigua, Guatemala. Hosted by Melissa Meyer, ALC Director and President of Barbier International Guatemala.
  • January 23-25, 2020: ALC UnConference. Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Resort, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
  • September 15-17, 2020: ALC Annual Conference. Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV.



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