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.”