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AB 5 Interview with Lorena Ortiz Schneider

Posted by on Apr 20, 2020 in Blog

AB 5 Interview with Lorena Ortiz Schneider The ATA-TCD interviewed COPTIC founder Lorena Ortiz Schneider on the current status of California Assembly Bill 5. For people outside of California who might not be completely familiar with Assembly Bill 5, would you please explain what this law is about? AB 5 was authored by Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and was enacted into law on January 1, 2020. It sought to codify, even as it expanded, the State Supreme Court Dynamex decision of 2018, a wage order claims decision. Dynamex fired all their employees only to “hire” them back, but as independent contractors. In Dynamex, the State Supreme Court changed California’s long-standing, multi-factor test by which employees are distinguished from independent contractors to a simple one, requiring hiring entities to classify all workers as employees unless they demonstrate that the person is: a) Free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work,b) Performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business, andc) Customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business. AB 5 was intended to curb blatant abuses similar to those engaged in by Dynamex, but in so doing, ended up affecting nearly every...

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CSA Research on Industry Impact of COVID-19

Posted by on Apr 20, 2020 in Blog

CSA Research on Industry Impact of COVID-19 The ATA-TCD interviewed CSA Research on April 20, 2020 on the industry impact of COVID-19. The responses below are based on the primary and secondary research data and analyst insights of CSA Research at the time of submission. As the market is rapidly evolving, please refer to CSA Research’s COVID-19 Resources page for ongoing updates. What impact do you foresee that COVID-19 will have in our industry? CSA Research’s industry surveys show that demand and spend are mainly down or flat. Across the language sector, 87% of employees are now working remotely, up substantially at many companies. Hiring, raises, travel, and in-person events are a thing of the past. At this point, we find that the pandemic’s effect on demand and spending for language services is severe. Beyond the slowdown in demand for their services and universal uncertainty about what happens next, CEOs are concerned about keeping their teams intact so when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, they will still have their most important resources in place (“COVID-19 LSP Survey Data – Overall Results”). We also found that companies on both the supply and demand side of the language sector are cutting non-essential costs, while buy-side companies anticipate budget cuts for language...

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Nimdzi Insights on Industry Impact of COVID-19

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in Blog

Nimdzi Insights on Industry Impact of COVID-19 The ATA-TCD interviewed Renato Beninatto, CEO of Nimdzi Insights, on the industry impact of COVID-19. Q: What impact do you foresee that COVID-19 will have in our industry? COVID-19 has evolved into a global event impacting public health as well as the economy. These are uncertain times, and we don’t have all the answers, but looking at past major crises around the world, we can venture into speculation about some likely outcomes. In conversations with LSPs, we have found players who have seen volumes double in the last few weeks while others have seen their business completely disappear, especially in the case of conference interpretation. It is often said that In Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters, one representing danger and the other, opportunity (even though this is one of the most quoted language-related misinterpretations, it serves a good purpose here). Considering that one of the key characteristics of the language industry is that it has so far been impervious to crises, it is safe to assume that while some segments will see a drop in demand for language services, others will spike. As a result of the quarantine efforts imposed all over the world, Virtual Interpretation Tools –...

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Slator on Industry Impact of COVID-19

Posted by on Apr 10, 2020 in Blog

Slator on Industry Impact of COVID-19 The ATA-TCD interviewed Andrew Smart, Co-Founder of Slator, on March 31, 2020 on the industry impact of COVID-19. Q: What impact do you foresee that COVID-19 will have in our industry In short, revenues will fall, costs will be cut including staff and subcontractors, and firms with the strongest technology, balance sheets and access to capital will survive.  Verticals like media, gaming and life sciences look steady at the moment and existing trends toward automation and hourly rate structures will continue.  After a decade of sustained growth, Language Service Providers (LSPs), their vendors and clients are now grappling with economic uncertainty and business continuity while maintaining the safety and wellbeing of their staff. Business managers are planning for the impact from a reduction of sales. SDL said in its March trading update there are “signs of slower (client) decision-making” and it is cutting sales and operating costs, including “the prioritisation of in-sourcing to reduce linguistic outsourcing costs.” Clients who are financially weak may result in bad debt.  Industries like travel, hospitality and retail are suffering and Visa has reported “a rapid deterioration of cross-border travel-related spending,” both online and in person. The BBC reports that tech startups worldwide are also cutting jobs as...

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Industry Standards Demystified – Part 3

Posted by on Apr 5, 2020 in Blog

Industry Standards Demystified – Part 3 By Monika Popiolek, ATA TCD Leadership Council and ISO/CEN industry standards expert ISO/TS 11669:2012 Translation projects — General guidance Published: 2012 (Ed. 1) Due for review: 2019 (post-review – under development) Number of pages: 35 Type of standard: technical specification Technical Committee responsible: ISO/TC 37/SC 5 Translation, interpreting and related technology WG 1 ISO/TS 11669 provides general guidance for all phases of a translation project. Its main purpose is to facilitate communication among the parties involved in a project. It is intended for use by all stakeholders of the translation project, including those who request translation services, those who provide the services and those who make use of the results of the project — in particular, the translation product. It applies to multiple sectors, including the commercial and government sectors, and non-profit organizations. It provides a framework for developing structured specifications for translation projects, but does not cover legally binding contracts between parties involved in a translation project. It mentions quality assurance and provides the basis for qualitative assessment, but does not provide procedures for any quantitative measures of the quality of a translation product. It should be noted that ISO/TS 11669 is not applicable to interpreting services and, as a technical specification...

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Connecting AI Specialists, Linguists, and Project Managers

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in Blog

Connecting AI Specialists, Linguists, and Project Managers by Afaf Steiert Computers have shifted from serving the sole purpose of word processing and simple computation on top of our desks to fitting into our pockets and providing an assortment of tools to the user. The demand for more and more of these tools that expand beyond simple weather widgets resulted in the inception of a highly organic applications market that retains a relatively low barrier of entry. Considering that this demand shows no sign of slowing as smart phones surpassed desktop computers in 2014, and that the market is predicted to experience a 270% increase in 2020, it is in any app developer’s interest to diversify the penetrability of their product into global markets (Safi, 2017; Takahashi, 2016). Translators have often come to me to express their discontent with projects that are related to mobile apps since there is a disconnect between what an LSP can do and what an app developer demands for their project. Creating a clear and defined scope of the viability of the success of a project and utilizing a translation management system (TMS) that the client can also be involved with will greatly assist in reducing wasted time and money for all parties involved. To...

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