Q. If an employee speaks Spanish and doesn’t understand English, am I required to have my handbooks and other policies translated into Spanish? Is the handbook valid if the employee signs but does not understand the content? —A.B., California
A. We're not aware of any case law addressing this interesting question. But if a medium or large organization employs more than a few non-English speaking people, it would be a good idea to translate your handbook into Spanish.
However, you would not be legally required to do so. Indeed, the cost of translation could be unduly burdensome for small employers or for organizations that have a work force that speaks many different languages.