Spanish Employee Handbook for Non-Native Speakers

Spanish Employee Handbook for Non-Native Speakers

Much can be lost in translation when employees with limited English are forced to sign a handbook without fully understanding the policies. If language is a barrier between your employees and your employee policies, clear communication is the best way to overcome that barrier, and an employee handbook in the language of the reader can be 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 their employees. An employee handbook in the native language of the employee handbook removes many of these barriers.