Practical Protection for California Linguists Approved in AB 2257

The terms of AB 2257, the clean-up bill granting exemption from application of AB 5 within various different business relationships, can be difficult to understand. CoPTIC has broken it down into more comprehensible units as it applies to translators and interpreters. The following is an informational summary for you to refer to as you read

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Misleading claim should not drive state policy

We fact checked the statement the author of AB 1850, Asm. Lorena Gonzalez, made on the Assembly floor on May 20, 2020, and repeated in other forums, about the misclassification of 4111 interpreters. We found it not to be based in fact. Please refer to the attached document for more information. EDD Interpreter Stats 8/6/20

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The importance of considering professional interpreters in AB 1850

Does this story of a language barrier end well, or in heartbreak? In California, that often depends on whether a professional linguist is present.  We are pleased that CalMatters has published this eye-opening article by Jose García and Lorena Ortiz Schneider, CoPTIC’s chair.  Professional interpreters save lives. AB 1850 should include, not omit them. Read

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AB 1850: A Path to Protect Professional Linguists and the People We Serve?

Will California legislators in the 2020 session fix a state law that leaves more than 75 percent of professional interpreters and translators under the specter of illegality and endangers reliable language access for millions? That depends on AB 1850.   AB 1850 is intended as legislation to clarify and clean up aspects of AB 5, the

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SB 900: Providing a Path to Protect Linguists and Californians’ Access to Language Services

Bill Preserves Highly Skilled, $2 Billion Sector in State. Prevents Cutoff of Professionals, Led by Women- and Immigrant-Run Small Businesses. SB 900 provides a set of conditions, including credentials, whereby practicing interpreters and translators can continue to operate and serve Californians. SB 900 protects access to essential language service by Californians, including people with disabilities

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