CCRA's 109th ANNUAL CONVENTION
OCTOBER 11-14, 2019
SAN MATEO MARRIOTT | SAN MATEO, CA

Registration is now open!

The California Court Reporters Association invites you to join us at CCRA’s 109th Annual Convention being held at the San Mateo Marriott near San Francisco, Columbus Day weekend, October 11-14, 2019. 

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Got a Transcript Rate Increase Letter to the Governor? SEND IT IN NOW!!!!!

Attention every Official, Freelancer, Firm Owner, Student, and CART/Captioner:

CCRA and court reporters all over this great state need your help! We are at a critical time in the legislative season. 
We thank all those who have gathered letters and sent them in. All support letters previously submitted and the lobbying efforts of CCRA and SEIU have gotten AB 1385 to this point. 
AB 1385 is being held with hundreds of other bills that have a monetary value. We need Senator Anthony J. Portantino and the Senate Appropriations Committee to see the NEED of getting AB 1385 to the Governor’s desk this year. Governor Newsom needs to see the support and need of funding and signing AB 1385.
Your letters will help! Please send in your support letter, ask your co-workers, friends and family to sign a support letter. We need at least one from every single CSR in the state.
The letters will go to the Appropriations Committee and then on to Governor Newsom’s desk. We must show the support and importance of this bill being funded and signed!
Please send all letters in ASAP to [email protected].
 
Thank you for your support. Together, we can do this!
CCRA Board of Directors

Sample Letters:
CSR personalized: Click here to download
CART/Captioners: Click here to download
Co-workers, friends & family: Click here to download
Please send all letters in ASAP to [email protected].

PRESERVE YOUR PROFESSION: A TO Z NEEDS U NOW!

The California Court Reporters Association, in conjunction with the Northern California Court Reporters Association and the Sacramento Official Court Reporters Association, are excited to announce the California launch of NCRA’s nationwide “A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand” program. The goal of this intensive recruitment effort is to introduce members of our local communities to the court reporting and captioning professions through a hands-on course in which candidates are provided loaner steno machines and attend live weekly classes over a six-week period taught by experienced reporters. Join the momentum. Be the solution. Whether it is your volunteer time or a donation, it is YOU that will preserve stenographic reporting!




California Budget Watch: What about Court Reporters?

Only four days into his tenure as Governor of California, Gavin Newsom introduced his first proposed state budget. The $144 billion plan is the first step in a months-long process to adopt a state budget before the July 1st deadline.

The Judicial Branch proposal includes more than $350 million in additional funding. After the Jameson decision and 30 years without an increase in the statutory transcript fee, how much of it is going to hire new State-employed court reporters or to fund a rate increase? Zero. More than $9 million is proposed for raises of Judicial Council and other state-level staff; millions more for judges’ salaries.

Remember, this proposal is just the starting point. CCRA is already working to make 2019 the year we secure a long overdue rate increase, especially now that freelancers covering court work are also statutorily bound by those rates, and funding to increase the number of court reporters provided in courtrooms statewide. Stay tuned for more California Budget Watch emails.


Dynamex Explained

The California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dynamex created a new legal test for determining whether someone is an “independent contractor” and not an employee. In order to be properly classified as an independent contractor, the hiring entity must prove each of the three factors in the “ABC Test”: (A) The worker is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of the work and in fact; and (B) The worker performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business; and (C) The worker is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as that involved in the work performed. In the context of court reporters, the analysis will depend upon the particular facts and circumstances of each individual relationship. While it is ultimately unclear how Dynamex will be applied to court reporters, this article provides a detailed legal overview to assist our members with understanding the key issues. READ MORE