Employee Handbooks for Non-Native English Speakers

If your employees don't speak English, your handbook should still be accessible

Much can be lost in translation when employees who speak limited English are asked to sign a handbook without fully understanding the policies. If language is a barrier between your employees and your policies, clear communication is the best way to overcome it. An employee handbook in the language of the reader can be immensely helpful.

In 2012, a Colorado judge ruled in favor of 9 Spanish-speaking employees who, unable to read the English version of the handbooks presented to them, did not know the correct protocol for reporting the sexual harassment they were experiencing. The company would later settle the lawsuit for $255,000.

Companies need to communicate their policies, standards, and procedures clearly to all of their employees. An employee handbook in the native language of the employee removes many of these barriers.

If you would like help translating your handbook from English to another language, please contact us.