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FROM THE PRESIDENT
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been hard at work during the past several
weeks. Working with the Joint National
Committee for Languages-National Council
for Languages and International Studies
(JNCL-NCLIS), we lobbied for inclusion
of independent contractors in economic
relief legislation such as the Coronavirus
Aid, Relief, and Economic Security
(CARES) Act recently passed by Congress.
(See page 8 in this issue.) We continue to
monitor legislation for "Phase 4" of the
government's response to the pandemic.
The Advocacy Committee also continues
to monitor legislation related to worker
classification, in particular proposed
amendments to AB 5 in California. Thanks
in large part to the efforts of the Coalition
of Practicing Translators and Interpreters of
California (CoPTIC), we are pleased to see
the introduction of SB 900, which would
exempt most translators and interpreters
from the "ABC test" imposed by AB 5.
Instead, SB 900 mandates application of
the multifactor Borello test to determine
employee or independent contractor status.
While SB 900 is an improvement on the
status quo under AB 5, in particular due to
the express inclusion of sole proprietors in

the permissible forms of business entities,
there are several issues of varying degrees
of importance from ATA's perspective that
should be addressed and resolved before
ATA can fully support the bill. Among
others, those issues include placement
of the exemption under the "referral
agency" section instead of the section
for "professional services," the question
of whether "non-certified" translation
and interpreting services are covered by
the exemption, and the meaning of the
phrase "good standing" with respect to
membership in the various translator and
interpreter associations listed in the bill.
ATA encourages its members to continue
to support CoPTIC in its efforts to improve
the wording of SB 900, and strongly urges
members in California to contact their state
assemblypersons and senators and advocate
for improvements to and passage of SB 900.
(To read the full text of SB 900, visit
https://bit.ly/SB900-California.) While SB
900 is far from perfect, it's a good starting
place for us to lobby for improvements in
the final wording. (See page 10 of this issue
to read ATA's Statement on California Senate
Bill 900 Amending AB 5.)

BOARD ACTIONS

Of course, all these events are on
the calendar as long as we're able to
meet in person in October. If it should
happen that we need to move fully to
a virtual conference model, we'll keep

you informed and I'll do my very best to
ensure that we have the best conference
we possibly can. Whether in person
or virtually, I look forward to seeing
you there!

In upholding my promise to keep you
apprised of policy updates, at its February
meeting in Charleston, South Carolina,
the Board of Directors passed a "policy
on policies" in keeping with the finest
bureaucratic traditions. (Sorry, I couldn't
resist adding just a touch of levity to this
otherwise all-too-serious column.) Actually,
it's a Policy Review policy which mandates
that, going forward, all new policies will be
assigned a review date not more than five
years from the adoption date. All currently
existing policies are being examined and
will be assigned a review date of no later
than February 2025.
The Board also approved a Conflict of
Interest Policy as required by the state
of New York. All ATA officers, directors,
and key volunteers (committee chairs,
division administrators and assistant
administrators, and spokespeople) will be
required to complete a conflict of interest
disclosure form annually.
That's it for this issue. Stay safe,
stay positive, and stay appropriately
socially distanced!

FROM THE PRESIDENT-ELECT
Continued from page 4
breakfast, watch for several groups with
reserved tables for students, mentors,
and mentees in our Mentoring Program,
and our annual TweetUp!
When it comes to evening events,
we're changing things up a bit by
holding the Job Fair on Thursday
evening and Friday at lunchtime,
including a "grab and go" lunch option
on Friday that's open to all conference
attendees. Our popular Business
Practices Brainstorm Networking and
After Hours Café will be held in the
evening as usual, and we're expecting
a great turnout for both! Finally, be
on the lookout for an exciting change
to our Closing Session, and join us at
the Closing Reception as we raise our
glasses to a week of networking and
learning opportunities with one another.
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SOME HELPFUL LINKS
ATA Conference Webpage
https://ata61.org
(Also, be sure to check out the schedule of
events, photos, and videos from ATA60 in Palm
Springs, www.atanet.org/conf/2019.)
ATA on Twitter
@atanet
(Follow ATA on Twitter and search for
the hashtag #ATA61 for the latest
conference updates.)

The ATA Podcast
www.atanet.org/resources/podcasts.php
(Subscribe on your favorite podcasting app!)
Active (Voting) Membership Review Process
www.atanet.org/membership/memb_review_
online.php
(Become an active (voting) member today! It
only takes five minutes to complete the form.)

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