AB5 Service Provider Questionnaire
This form is being sent to sign language interpreters and realtime captioners, requesting information on your responses to the passing of AB5, which makes it more difficult to prove appropriate Agency/Independent Contractor status and encourages the use of employee providers. In exploring a professional exemption to AB5 for our fields it is critical to gather data regarding the impact of AB5 upon Deaf peoples and service providers. While some of the definitive impact will be left to courtroom interpretation in coming years, we're requesting your response as a professional assessing the situation to the best of your ability at this time.

Please review the AB5 Agency Response Questionnaire results at the following link as needed to inform your answer, specifically relating to benefits:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1H_fs7VKlTEZtcYW8Cb3w4DcE0gDn_XAZwzUTNXYXQe8/viewanalytics
You may also find general AB5 information at www.scrid.org/AB5.

Compiled responses will redacted to be made anonymous prior to being made public. Your email address will be used solely for internal purposes of data verification, & in creating a contact list for AB5 issues.

Thank you in advance for your participation and support of this critical action.

Note: AB5 was a California bill passed in 2019, effective 2020, with the purpose of preventing employees from being improperly classified as independent contractors by a company with the goal of increasing company profits by denying them legally mandated benefits. Many industries and professions were exempted from its requirements for properly classified ICs, but unfortunately, not ours. For further resources and information on AB5, including a link to the bill itself, see www.scrid.org/AB5.

Email address *
I certify that I am a provider of sign language interpreting and/or realtime captioning services to the DDBHH communities in California. If the answer is no, please stop here and do not submit your response. *
In what area(s) do you typically provide services? *
How aware are you of AB5 and its potential impact on industries that utilize independent contractors? *
Do you believe ICs in our industry were misclassified as independent contractors (should be employees) or properly classified as independent contractors? *
How important is it to you to be an Independent Contractor? *
How concerned are you that AB5 will impact your ability to remain a freelance service provider after January 1, 2020? *
Do you work as an employee in providing sign language interpreting or realtime captioning services? *
If you answered yes to the previous question re: employee services, do you also contract with other entities in providing independent sign language interpreting or realtime captioning services? *
If you are not an employee of any entity in providing sign language interpreting or realtime captioning services, why is that? Select all that apply. *
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If you are not an employee of any entity in providing sign language interpreting or realtime captioning services, how do you provide your services? *
What percentage of your *non-employee* work is provided via independent contracting with an interpreting/captioning agency? *
What percentage of your *non-employee* work is provided via direct hire between yourself and the requestor in need of interpretation/captioning services (ie, no agency involvement)? *
With how many agencies do you contract in providing interpreting/captioning services? *
Are you concerned AB5 will harm you as a worker in California? *
Are you concerned AB5 will harm Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing consumers in California? *
Do you feel AB5 will lead to overall increase in labor protections for sign language interpreters and realtime captioners? *
Do you feel the loss of ability to work as an independent contractor with agencies will reduce your earning potential as a sign language interpreter/ realtime captioners? *
Please select all issues of concern for you in AB5's impact on your work, if any. *
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Please select all issues of benefit seen by you in AB5's impact on your work, if any. *
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While not all agencies have expressed an intention to limit the number of agencies their employees work for, many have shared a plan to enforce a limit. Do you have concern that in working as an employee you will be limited enough that you will miss critical assignments contracted through agencies for whom you do not work, and as such will not have sufficient hours available to sustain the income needed to continue your work? IE, are you concerned AB5 might put you out of business? Select all that apply. *
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California should modify state law to exempt realtime captioners and sign language interpreters from AB5 *
If you have resources you can share to help in gathering statistical information on the number of sign language interpreters (generalist and/or specialty), realtime captioners, and/or Deaf people (adult, k-12, or all), in the state of CA, please share those here. Thank you.
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