InterpretAmerica provides a national and international forum for the interpreting profession.
Our mission is to help raise the profile of interpreting.
InterpretAmerica Celebrates Barry Olsen's
New Role in the Profession
MAY 20, 2020
Today we announce that InterpretAmerica co-founder Barry Slaughter Olsen will be stepping down as co-president to join the executive team at KUDO Inc., a cloud-based collaboration platform that enables web meetings and live conferences with real-time multilingual language interpretation.
Read the latest InterpretAmerica blog post for complete details!
AB 5 is still a pressing issue for California's interpreters.
Those following our social media channels will know that the effort to fix AB 5, a law that classifies almost all working interpretings and translators as employees whether they want that classification or not, continues in full force.
In early May, the Senate Labor Committee withdrew a different bill, SB 900, that aimed to rectify the consequences of AB 5 on practicing interpreters and translators throughout the state, more than 3/4 of whom choose to work independently in keeping with long-standing norms in the profession.
Tomorrow, on Wednesday, May 20, at 10:00am PDT, the California Assembly Labor Committee takes up a bill, AB 1850, that represents the best remaining vehicle for addressing that problem.
If you are based in California, you can view the hearings live and still take action with your legislators to support CoPTIC, the Coalition of Practicing Translators and Interpreters of California.