Join us for our quarterly general meeting!
When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Plus: New Member Orientation from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, Room 619 (6th floor), 835 Market St, San Francisco, located in the Westfield San Francisco Centre
Transportation and Parking: Muni
rail lines J, K, L, M, N, S or F; MUNI street cars and buses 5, 6, 7, 9, 21, 31 or 66, stops at Powell and Market Streets; BART
: Powell station. See also http://www.sfsu.edu/~downtown/rental/parking.htm
Door prizes! All attendees will be eligible to enter free raffle.
12:30 p.m.: Orientation for New Members
New members and anyone who wants to know more about NCTA are invited to join the New Member Orientation.
1:00 p.m.: Networking
Come meet and network with fellow translators and learn more about the association.
1:30 p.m.: NCTA Business
2:00 p.m.: Misclassified! The Freelance Healthcare Interpreter in the Uber-Economy, presented by Bill Glasser
The presenter will explain how independently contracting medical interpreters endangers patient safety, perpetuates unprofessionalism, and keeps bad language agencies in business. The decades old practice of interpreting agencies contracting their healthcare interpreter workforce as 1099 Independent Contractors is dangerous, potentially illegal and contributes to the trend to off-shore, and push out our work to cheaper, remote modalities.
About the presenter
William, “Bill” Glasser is the founder of Northern California's largest on-site healthcare interpreting and bilingual staffing agency. Since 2000, Language World Services has steadily grown by emphasizing careful screening and preparation of its workforce. Due to the absence of meaningful, in-depth training programs available to prospective interpreters, the company developed in-house training and professional advancement opportunities. Early on in the business cycle, it became clear that the investment required to screen, test, train, mentor, deploy and quality assure a Language World Interpreter would require abandoning the longstanding industry practice of using independent contractors. With employees, the company was freed to directly quality assure and monitor its high standards of excellence to ensure patient safety and create a viable career path for employee interpreters.
Bill also founded and heads a sister company, Fluency, Inc., an Internet technology company that equips interpreting agencies, non-profit human assistance organizations, and hospital-based interpreting service departments with efficient, web-based back-office enterprise management platforms that improve quality, scheduling, communication, efficiency, and documentation for on-site interpreting
3:15 p.m.: Networking
Refreshments kindly sponsored by Language World Services will be served at the end of the meeting, and there will be an opportunity for networking.