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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Paycheck Protection Program: A Guide for Freelance Translators and Interpreters

June 23, 2020

In response to the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. federal government launched a number of programs to help businesses and individuals who would not normally be eligible for emergency funding or unemployment benefits. Two of these programs are potentially interesting for freelance translators and interpreters, who may be eligible for support under at least one of the programs.

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Last Chance to Advocate for Amendments to AB 1850!

June 15, 2020

California Assembly Bill 1850 has passed the Assembly and been sent to the Senate. It is imperative that you contact your senator and demand that “professional translators and interpreters” be exempt from the stringent ABC test under AB 5, in favor of the previous Borello test.

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ATA Statement on Racism and Inequality

June 8, 2020

As a professional association that brings together over 9,000 language experts of diverse backgrounds, many of whom work directly with underprivileged people, the American Translators Association stands in solidarity with our members and colleagues who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC), as well as those in the communities they serve.

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ATA President Addresses Need to Include All Interpreters and Translators in California Assembly Bill 1850

June 4, 2020

A letter from ATA President Ted Wozniak urging the California Appropriations Committee to amend the language of AB 1850 to include all “professional translators and interpreters.”

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ATA Supports Senate Bill 3612

May 13, 2020

This is a notice to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients: business expenses paid with PPP funds may not be deductible. ATA members who have received PPP funds should keep careful track of the uses for which such funds are used.

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InterpretAmerica 2020: A Timely Response to an Unprecedented Crisis

May/June 2020 Issue

In early March, when it became clear that the world was headed toward global lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the interpreting profession was thrown into nearly universal chaos. To respond to the crisis, InterpretAmerica held a two-hour online panel to discuss how to ensure professional interpreting services during the pandemic and beyond.

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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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ATA61: Planning in a Time of Unpredictability

May/June 2020 Issue

With plans in the works this year for a “hybrid” conference—i.e., an in-person event with reduced attendance, social distancing, and other health measures in place, coupled with a virtual component for those who are unable or do not wish to attend in person—it’s been a busy few months. Much time has been devoted to researching […]

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Dealing with Uncertain Times

May/June 2020 Issue

By the time you have this issue in your hands, things may or may not have gotten back to normal after a very difficult and unprecedented spring due to the coronavirus outbreak. I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that things will be far from normal, so an article about how […]

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