ATA Asks Senate to Amend PRO Act

By ATA | March 12, 2021

Stand Up, Take Action!The Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021, also known as PRO Act, represents a dramatic change in U.S. labor law, including the adoption of the ABC worker classification test at the federal level. This will make it more difficult for individuals to claim independent contractor status. A similar ABC test…

ATA Requests the CDC to Explicitly List Interpreters

By ATA | January 22, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed ATA’s December 17 request to include medical interpreters and other onsite interpreters as essential workers eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in the Phase 1 schedule. Former CDC Director Redfield responded that the CDC’s guidelines are recommendations and that state and local public health authorities can make…

ATA Petitions CDC to Include Interpreters

By ATA | December 22, 2020

Following the release of the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program recommendations, ATA petitioned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explicitly include on-site medical interpreters among the listed examples of health care personnel eligible for Phase 1 vaccinations. Twenty other organizations co-signed the ATA letter. Robert R. Redfield, M.D. Director, Centers for Disease Control and…

ATA Position on Mandatory Employee Classification Legislation

By ATA | September 24, 2020

The American Translators Association (ATA), the voice of interpreters and translators in the United States, represents 10,000 professional translators and interpreters who work in a wide array of fields. There are more than 57,000 translators and interpreters in the US working in a market estimated to be worth $13.29 billion.1 ATA believes that mandatory employee…

ATA Statement on Racism and Inequality

By The ATA Chronicle | July 20, 2020

ATA 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.

ATA Sends Open Letter to the California Assembly and Senate

By ATA | April 14, 2020

California AB 2257 will be heard by California’s influential Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, August 17. This is the last chance for the bill to be amended to exempt “professional translators and interpreters” from AB 5. ATA has sent an Open Letter to the California Assembly and Senate to the legislature and the committee’s members.…

Statement of Position Regarding California Assembly Bill 5 and Request for Exemption

By ATA | February 3, 2020

The California State Assembly recently passed a bill that ATA believes will improperly classify the majority of the association’s members as employees, when in fact they are independent contractors, by choice, and work on a freelance basis with multiple clients, by design. Without an exemption, this bill would unduly lump together these independent professionals with…

ATA Issues Statement on AB 5 and Mandatory Employee Classification

By ATA | January 30, 2020

The recent passage of Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) in California will reclassify freelance translators and interpreters as employees beginning January 1, with devastating effect financially on many of our colleagues working in the state.

International Translation Day 2019

By ATA | September 30, 2019

Telling Your Story! What do translators and interpreters really do? What’s a day like for a translator or interpreter? Why are translators and interpreters important to business, medicine, law, and more? ATA invites translators and interpreters around the world to help us tell their story. Here’s how! Check out ATA’s short animated video showing how…