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Amend AB2257: Protect Communication Access

CONTACT SENATE LABOR COMMITTEE NOW

Access to sign language interpreting & realtime captioning is in grave danger! Help protect our ADA rights!

Background & Latest Update

AB1850 IS NOW AB2257

What is AB2257?

AB2257 is a clean-up bill to add professional exemptions to AB5. We want to add professional exemptions for language interpreters and realtime captioners so communication access for the deaf and hard of hearing community is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

AB2257 was formerly known as AB1850.

What is AB5?

AB5 was passed in 2019 and severely limits certain independent contractors from providing their services. It decreases the number of sign language interpreters and realtime captioners available.

What is the current status of AB2257?

On June 11, 2020 the California Assembly passed AB2257 but did not honor requests to include professional exemptions for sign language interpreters and realtime captioners

On August 5, 2020, the Senate Labor Committee will vote on AB2257. We need your help to contact members of the Senate Labor Committee to amend AB2257 to include professional exemptions for sign language interpreters and realtime captioners.

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Write to the Senate Labor Committee

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-> (CHANGE DATE) August XX, 2020

Senate Committee on Labor
1020 N Street, Room 545
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: AB2257 (Gonzalez)– worker classification: Request for Amendment 

Dear Chair Hill and Honorable Members of the Senate Labor Committee:

I am writing to express my opposition, unless amended, for Assembly Bill (AB) 2257. I am asking you to amend AB2257 to include Sign Language Interpreters and Realtime Captioners in the “professional services” exemption to AB5.

-> (PICK ONE) I am a skilled professional Realtime Captioner or Sign Language interpreter. (OR) I am an individual who uses the services of Realtime Captioning and Sign Language Interpreting service providers. (OR) I support the ADA mandated right for the deaf and hard of hearing to have unfettered access to equal communication.

Professional Realtime Captioners and Sign Language Interpreters are a small group of highly trained specialists who work directly with the deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) community, providing legally mandated communication accommodations in daily life. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing are entitled to the same access to public services that is provided to the general population. There is already a shortage of qualified personnel in these niche professions.

In her public comments while presenting AB2257 (formerly AB1850), the author, Assemblymember Gonzalez, cited EDD statistics which identified over 4,000 employee misclassification cases over the last five years related to spoken language interpreters. Realtime Captioners and Sign Language Interpreters are NOT in this category. D/HH providers are completely separate and distinct from spoken language interpreters. We ask you to recognize this distinction in considering our request.

Historically, ADA providers to the D/HH community have primarily been independent contractors. That is the historical norm for these professions, in large part due to the random and unpredictable demand for services by clients. The “Borello” standard has worked well for these providers for many years and the “ABC” test does not suit itself to D/HH providers given the unique needs of this population. I am asking you to amend AB2257 to include Realtime Captioners and Sign Language Interpreters in a provision that would return D/HH providers back to the “Borello” test.

Further, these professions are dominated by women, both as individuals and business owners. They have long afforded women upward mobility and flexibility to balance career and family, as well as a path to small business ownership. There is also a significant percentage of D/HH providers who are people of color (POC) and/or from the LGBTQ community. AB5 threatens to further marginalize opportunities for women, POC, and LGBTQ individuals.

I am asking you to amend AB2257 to include Sign Language Interpreters and Realtime Captioners as professional services. I will be in opposition to AB2257 unless you accept my request to amend the bill as outlined.

Sincerely,
-> Type your name here (and sign if printing)
-> Your Street Address
-> City,CA ZIP

cc: 	Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
	Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
	Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez
	Governor Gavin Newsom 

Submit Your Letter Online

Follow the instructions below to submit your letter online. If you prefer to send your letter by email or snail mail, scroll down to the next sections.
Step 1: Create an account at the California Legislature Position Letter Portal at: https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/
Step 2: After logging into the portal, search for 2257 and select the 'Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement' Senate Committee. Check 'Oppose' and 'Submit a letter instead' to upload your letter (or paste). Then click submit.

Email Your Letter

If you prefer to email your letter instead of using the online portal above, copy the email addresses below. Attach your edited letter template or paste it into your email to the following people.

Subject Line

“Oppose AB2257 unless Amended to include Professional Exemptions for Sign Language Interpreters & Realtime Captioners”

Email Addresses

Senate Labor Committee Consultants:
Gideon L. Baum, 
Alma Perez-Schwab, 
Glenn A. Miles, 
Jake Ferrera

Senate Labor Committee Assistant:
Martha Gutierrez

Gideon.Baum@sen.ca.gov
Alma.Perez@sen.ca.gov
Glenn.Miles@sen.ca.gov
Jake.Ferrera@sen.ca.gov
Martha.Gutierrez@sen.ca.gov

Email addresses for CC

Senate Labor Committee Members:
Senate Labor Committee Chair Jerry Hill, Senate Labor Committee Vice Chair Mike Morrell, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Senator Holly J. Mitchell, Senator Richard Pan

Ranking Officials & Consultants:
Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins & Cesar Diaz (Consultant) 
Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (Author), Shubhangi Domokos (Chief of Staff), and Denise Tugade (Consultant)
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon & George Wiley (Consultant)
Stuart Thompson, Governor Newsom’s Chief Deputy Legislative Secretary

Senator.Hill@senate.ca.gov
Senator.Morrell@senate.ca.gov
Senator.Jackson@senate.ca.gov
Senator.Mitchell@senate.ca.gov
Senator.Pan@senate.ca.gov
Senator.Atkins@senate.ca.gov
Assemblymember.Gonzalez@assembly.ca.gov
Assemblymember.Rendon@assembly.ca.gov
Shubhangi.Domokos@asm.ca.gov
Denise.Tugade@asm.ca.gov
George.Wiley@asm.ca.gov
Cesar.Diaz@sen.ca.gov
Stuart.Thompson@gov.ca.gov

Snail Mail Your Letter

If you prefer to snail mail your letter instead of using the online portal, print out a copy of your letter for each of the following people below. Address each envelope to the following addresses.​

Senate Committee on Labor

1020 N Street, Room 545
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senate Labor Committee Chair Jerry Hill

State Capitol, Room 5035
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senate Labor Committee Vice Chair Mike Morrell

State Capitol, Room 3056
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

State Capitol, Room 2032
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

State Capitol, Room 5050
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senator Richard Pan

State Capitol, Room 4070
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins

State Capitol, Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez

P.O. Box 942849, Room 2114
Sacramento, CA 94249-0080

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

P.O. Box 942849, Room 219
Sacramento, CA 92429-0063

Governor Gavin Newsom

ATTN: Stuart Thompson, Chief Deputy Legislative Secretary
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Call the Senate Labor Committee

You can call the following numbers to let members of the Senate Labor Committee know your thoughts on AB2257. They are available from 9AM-5PM. Outside of those hours, it may be possible to leave a message.

California State Senate Labor Committee

Senate Labor Committee Chair Jerry Hill

Senate Labor Committee Vice Chair Mike Morrell

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Senator Richard Pan

What to say

Hello, I am calling about AB2257.

I oppose this bill unless amended to include professional exemptions for Sign Language Interpreters and Realtime Captioners.

Their services are necessary to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community and required under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

It is important that these individuals have full access to these services.

Thank you for your support.

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