Q & A – Are we required to translate the handbook into other languages for employees who do not speak English or speak English as a second language?

Q: Are we required to translate the handbook into other languages for employees who do not speak English or speak English as a second language?

A: There is currently no legal requirement to translate handbooks into other languages for employees, but it is a good idea.  Since handbooks are used to communicate important information that is applicable to all employees and employees will be expected to follow the guidelines in the handbook, employers should take steps to make sure employees understand the contents.  Translating the handbook into another language or using an interpreter to explain the handbook can accomplish this.