English Is Not Your Exclusive Company Language

Law360, New York (December 2, 2011, 3:33 PM EST) -- Challenge: U.S. multinationals frequently issue all-hands global employee communications in English. Some designate English their “official company language.” But untranslated workplace communications can violate language laws abroad.

Translating human resources policies and employee communications can be a million-dollar issue.

The Texas Supreme Court once overturned a $1.6 million jury verdict for worker compensation retaliation in large part because the allegedly retaliatory act was consistent with a provision in a company handbook that the employer had communicated in Spanish to the monolingual Spanish-speaking worker plaintiff — the...
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