In May 2019, the California Assembly passed Bill AB5, which, if passed by the Senate without revisions and signed by Governor Newsom, will deeply impact our ability to remain as independent contractors.

So far, the bill exempts doctors, dentists, lawyers, architects, accountants, engineers, insurance agents, investment advisers, direct sellers, real estate agents, hairstylists and barbers who rent booths at salons, as well as marketers and human-resources professionals with advanced degrees.

It is imperative that we all contact legislators to get freelance certified/registered court interpreters and certified translators exempted from Bill AB5 as well.

Bill AB5 is currently at the Senate Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement. The committee members are:

  • Senator Jerry Hill (Chair): senator.hill@senate.ca.gov
  • Senator Mike Morrell (Vice Chair): senator.morrell@sen.ca.gov
  • Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson: senator.jackson@senate.ca.gov
  • Senator Holly J. Mitchell: senator.mitchell@sen.ca.gov
  • Senator Richard Pan: senator.pan@senate.ca.gov

Please email the senators named above. You can copy and paste a template that we’ve drafted for this purpose by clicking here. You should also contact your local representatives in the California Assembly and Senate (you can find out who they are by going to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov and entering your address).

We suggest including the author of Bill AB5, Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, in all your communications. Her email is assemblymember.gonzalez@assembly.ca.gov.

AIJIC will follow this matter closely and reach out to lawmakers in the next couple of months, but you need to do your part as well. Please don’t ignore this issue or leave it to others to fight for our ability to remain independent. We must all be our own advocates, and everybody’s involvement is absolutely essential to make legislators listen to us.

If Bill AB5 doesn’t exempt us, freelance court interpreters will be adversely impacted.