Giving Independent Contractors a Voice

Independent contractors are the quiet engine of our economy, providing nearly all of the net growth in U.S. employment over the last 30 years. Yet the economic survival of the 10.3 million people who choose to be their own bosses and grow their own businesses are being jeopardized by overwhelming… read more »


One Solution to the IC/W2 Dilemma

By Giovanni Donatelli As the language industry continues to mature, we will see more legislation and regulation aimed directly at it.  It’s inevitable.  And that‘s a good thing.  It’s good for clients using our services because they will get a better bang for their buck, and it’s good for us… read more »


Businesses That Hire Independent Contractors Find It Can Bring Intense Regulatory Scrutiny

It used to be that businesses could hire workers and classify them as independent contractors without giving it much thought. Businesses presumed, for example, that if a worker called herself self-employed, provided some of the tools for the job, worked under an independent contractor agreement, and worked somewhat independently, then… read more »


It’s Not a Crime to Use Independent Contractors!

In recent years the interpreting industry has been criticized, and in some instances, accused of committing federal crimes for using independent contractors as interpreters. Something is seriously wrong with this way of thinking. Using contractors is often a better way to recruit the right professional for the job. Every interpretation… read more »


Great Article by my great friend Francesco Pagano

April 5, 2012   Nadesha Mijoba (pictured below) told me a shocking story last week. Nadesha runs her own consulting firm promoting organizational change through cultural and linguistic competence.  She’s also a trained interpreter and a trainer of medical interpreters (with 20 years of experience).  One day Nadesha felt so… read more »


Continuing Education

Giovanni Donatelli,a great friend & language service provider has formed a entity to further enhanc interpreter skills. Here’s the link. http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Gaining-professional-edge-continuing-education-3957682%2ES%2E102934837?view=&gid=3957682&type=member&item=102934837&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_nd-pst_ttle-cn


Fair Playing Field Act of 2012

Senator John Kerry is once again attempting to to limit the use of Independent Contacts with SB2145. See some text on this legislation. http://www.dcemploymentlawupdate.com/


Great presentation on IC vs EE

Excellent video presentation on the topic of employee classification. Take 12 minutes of your time and view it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgZdWAmo39Q


ATA Conference Last Week

During the Boston American Translators Association, I went through the exhibits. Two exhibitors were the Department of State, and the FBI. Both agencies have thousands of independent contractors, and can’t function without them. The FBI told me it would cost them $47M more to have them as employees! They are… read more »


Lou Provenzano is at it again

Now he has sent a letter to Vice- President Joe Biden. Apparently he didn’ t get very far with the President. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/global-leader-in-interpretation-services-urges-vice-president-biden-suspend-federal-contracts-for-companies-misclassifying-employees-2011-09-27

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