Do Not Exempt Medical Interpreters From the Dynamex Decision !

Do Not Exempt Medical Interpreters From the Dynamex Decision !

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Bill Glasser started this petition to California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez District 80 P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0800

Medical interpreters provide the vital linguistic link to Limited English patients and their providers throughout the State of California.  Unfortunately, just like Uber, many interpreting agencies are taking advantage of these employees by misclassifying them as independent Contractors.

Calling interpreters independent contractors not only takes away minimum wage and overtime benefits, but it also means all the risk is shifted from a company to an individual. He or she must purchase and maintain a vehicle, pay for transportation expenses, and provide their own tools and supplies. They are not entitled to a safe workplace or protected from discrimination or retaliation. That worker has no access to unemployment when the job ends, no workers’ compensation if injured on the job, and no access to company paid benefits.

Interpreting agencies supply interpreters! It is the primary work of the language service industry and IC’s deployed in the course of doing business clearly fails the “B” aspect of the “ABC” test codified by Dynamex: 

“….that the worker performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business” 

For these reasons, it is a priority to defend Dynamex and AB 5.  By sharing the risks, and burdens, and extending the protections and benefits of full time or part time employment, the highest-quality interpreter workforce can be protected and in turn provide life saving language access services to the many millions of highly vulnerable and underserved Limited English Californians. We ask that those who retain interpreters play by the rules!

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