Senator Brian Jones Joint Authors Measure to Exempt Interpreters & Translators from AB 5

Arbitrary legislation last year undermines entire industry that helps people with hearing, language challenges

Sacramento – State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) announced today he is joint-authoring Senate Bill 875 along with Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield).  SB 875 will exempt interpreters and translators from Assembly Bill 5, which went into effect on January 1 of this year.

AB 5, by liberal Democrat Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher of San Diego, is forcing thousands of independent contractors to become formal employees of a business.  It has been a boon to union leaders but horrible for California’s economy, workers, and businesses.  AB 5 is particularly harmful to businesses owned by women and persons of color, who prior to AB 5 were winning in the California economy. 

Interpreters and translators are woman-dominated profession according to a recent Forbes article which describes the difficulties AB 5 is posing for these hard-working entrepreneurs.

“Interpreters and translators help some of the most vulnerable people in California,” stated Senator Jones.  “These service providers are often out on the road working a variable schedule.  They are clearly much more of a contractor rather than employee, yet the arbitrary nature of AB 5 has boxed them in.  If Democrat legislators and Governor Newsom care about hard-working families, they should support measures such as our SB 875.”

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Translators and AB 5