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Support for AB 1376 (Hernandez)

 

CAAA supports AB 1376 to extend the time frame for court interpreters to become certified as “qualified interpreters.” Under SB 863 the Administrative Director (AD) of the Department of Worker’s Compensation is required to adopt a fee schedule for interpreters. The statute requires the AD to promulgate a rule is substantially similar to Health and Safety Code section 1367.04. For interpreters to be eligible for payments under the fee schedule they must be in compliance with the rules adopted by the AD.

 

See letter below to SLIR Chair, Honorable William Monning:

 

 

 California Applicants’ Attorneys Association
Protecting California’s Workers Since 1966

 

 

The Honorable William Monning

Chair, Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee

California State Capitol

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

RE: Support for AB 1376 (Hernandez)

 

                                                                                                                        September 10, 2013

Dear Senator Monning,

The California Applicant Attorneys Association (CAAA) defends the civil rights of injured and disabled workers in worker’s compensation issues. We are writing to express our support for AB 1376 and urge the committee to vote “aye.”

 

CAAA supports AB 1376 to extend the time frame for court interpreters to become certified as “qualified interpreters.” Under SB 863 the Administrative Director (AD) of the Department of Worker’s Compensation is required to adopt a fee schedule for interpreters. The statute requires the AD to promulgate a rule is substantially similar to Health and Safety Code section 1367.04. For interpreters to be eligible for payments under the fee schedule they must be in compliance with the rules adopted by the AD.

 

Unfortunately, the implementation of SB 863 involved many changes that have required the attention of the AD. By the time the interpreter rules were promulgated, there was little time for interpreters to meet the certification standards adopted by the AD. The effect of the rule was that there was a shortage of qualified interpreters to handle medical examination translations.

 

AB 1376 extends the time frame for interpreters to become qualified only until March 1, 2014. This should alleviate the threat of interpreter shortages for injured workers and employers.

 

CAAA supports AB 1376.

 

Sincerely,

 

Michael Herald

Legislative Policy Advocate