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On Wednesday, California’s lower legislative chamber passed AB5, 53-11, sending shock waves across the state for hundreds of thousands of independent contractors, including interpreters and translators. See JNCL’s previous posts about the origin of AB5, Dynamex, and the language service industry’s background, first response and second response. AB5 codifies the three part employee classification test,.. read more →

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently updated reporting on the median pay for translators and interpreters to $49,930, or $24/hr. But inaccuracies in prevailing wages rate determinations and missing survey data may be depressing the stat…and contractors’ compensation. When the government needs things done by a third party, i.e. a service contractor, it must.. read more →

As of May 22, the House Appropriations Committee has completed draft appropriations bills funding the Departments of Education and State. Overall, our programs see significant increases in these drafts. However, the Senate has yet to agree to a budget, although negotiations among the Senate and House leadership and the White House are ongoing. It is.. read more →

WASHINGTON — Dr. Bill Rivers, Executive Director of JNCL-NCLIS received the prestigious William “Bill” Graeper Award, presented by the Association of Language Companies during their annual conference’s closing ceremony. The award, in honor the life and work of Bill Graeper’s, reads: “For exceptional service and dedication to language companies in the United States and around.. read more →

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 1, 2019 | WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, over 100 leaders from language service companies (LSCs) returned to lobby Congress on potentially “disruptive” employee classification regulations that continue to threaten to upend industry’s $51 billion/year business model. Today, there are an estimated 500 languages spoken in the US, and 7000 in.. read more →