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Helping Members Through Difficult Times

May/June 2020 Issue

As I write this, we’re about two months into the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. According to at least one model, the situation is showing signs of improvement, but will not approach normal until the beginning of June. Whatever the timeline, I have faith that we will persevere and survive this crisis. The economic […]

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Advocacy and Other Business

March/April 2020 Issue

As I conclude the third month of my term as president, I find myself spending a lot of time on advocacy efforts. 2020 is shaping up to be a year in which ATA focuses a great deal on state and national legislation affecting the translation and interpreting professions. As expected, California Assembly Bill 5 (AB […]

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AB 5: It’s Not Just in California

January/February 2020 Issue

The recent passage of Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) in California, which implements the stringent “ABC Test” embodied in the Dynamex decision and mandates classification of translators and interpreters as employees, is already disrupting our profession in California. Translators and interpreters in California have reported receiving notices from language services companies saying that they will […]

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An Ending and a Beginning

November/December 2019 Issue

By the time this issue of The ATA Chronicle reaches you, I’ll have moved on to an entirely new role as a past president of ATA. After serving for seven years on ATA’s Board—three years as director, two years as president-elect, and two years as president—my term ends at ATA’s Annual Conference in Palm Springs, […]

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California Assembly Bill 5: ATA Takes a Stand

September/October 2019 Issue

California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) has been in the news a great deal lately. This bill seeks to solidify and codify the so-called “Dynamex” decision on the classification of contractors and employees in California. The Dynamex decision was a significant departure from the generally accepted definition of contractors and employees. It created a standard whereby […]

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Palm Springs, Here We Come!

July/August 2019 Issue

Getting ready for ATA60 in Palm Springs!

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Interpreters: A Critical Presence in ATA

May/June 2019 Issue

With over 3,000 individual members, ATA’s Interpreters Division1 includes nearly one third of our Association’s total membership. During my time in ATA—now about 17 years—interpreters have played an ever-growing role (literally, and figuratively!) in ATA, to the greater benefit of the Association as a whole. That growing presence has also motivated us in ATA’s leadership […]

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Opening the Certification Exam to Nonmembers: A New Direction for ATA

March/April 2019 Issue

One of ATA’s strengths is, undoubtedly, stability. While many professional associations have struggled to remain relevant in the 21st century, we’re thrilled that ATA is on solid financial footing. This stability has allowed us to pursue several “capital improvement” projects, such as a fully redesigned website—hopefully to go live before our Palm Springs conference—and an […]

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The Dynamex Decision and ATA’s Advocacy Role

January/February 2019 Issue

Within ATA, we try to keep a close eye on federal, state, and local government issues that might affect our members. A recent example is the landmark California Superior Court decision “Dynamex Operations West, Inc. versus the Superior Court of Los Angeles.” The so-called Dynamex decision included a new definition of independent contractors as opposed […]

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