California Chamber of Commerce Helps Businesses Comply with Bilingual Poster Law by Releasing Spanish Employment Poster

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Employees Speak Spanish? Your Workplace Posters Must, Too

To help California businesses comply with labor laws that require employers with Spanish-speaking employees to post employment posters and pamphlets in Spanish under certain circumstances, the California Chamber of Commerce has made available a Spanish Required Notices Kit.

“If any of your company’s workers speak Spanish as their primary language, you may need to order and display Spanish versions of the Employment Poster and required pamphlets,” said California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg. “Complying with the law also may help reduce your liability in a lawsuit. For example, in defending against a lawsuit such as a sexual harassment suit, citing a poster shows you have communicated the employee’s rights and protections in his or her own language and may reduce your liability. Our CalBizCentral compliance division has already prepared a compliant Required Notices Kit in Spanish for California employers, because providing compliance products and advice is another way CalChamber helps California business do business.”

Employers must post a compliant Employment Poster in a conspicuous place in the workplace where all employees and applicants can read it. If a business employs workers who speak and read only Spanish, employers must post the minimum wage poster in Spanish. The law also requires employers who have even just one employee whose primary language is Spanish to post their Workers’ Compensation Notice of Carrier in Spanish. Compliant employment posters must also include information about the business’ workers’ compensation benefits, pay day schedule and emergency contacts.

CalBizCentral makes available to California employers compliant employment posters in English and Spanish that feature the 16 required state and federal notices all California businesses must display, including:

  • Minimum wage, federal and state;
  • USERRA military leave benefits notice;
  • Emergency notice;
  • Pay day notice;
  • Safety and health (Cal/OSHA);
  • Workers' Compensation;
  • Discrimination and Harassment is Prohibited (DFEH);
  • Family/medical leave, pregnancy (federal and state);
  • Whistleblower protection;
  • Equal employment opportunity;
  • Time off for voting;
  • Polygraph protection;
  • Unemployment insurance/state disability insurance/paid family leave (UI/SDI/PFL).

CalBizCentral is currently making available to businesses the 2007 Required Notices Kit in Spanish, which contains the Employment Poster, plus 20 copies each of these pamphlets, which California employers are required to post and distribute:

  • Paid Family Leave;
  • Unemployment Insurance;
  • State Disability Insurance;
  • Sexual Harassment Information Sheets;
  • Workers’ Compensation Rights & Benefits.

CalBizCentral’s 2007 Required Notices Kit is available for pre-order at http://www.CalBizCentral.com.

The California Chamber of Commerce is the largest broad-based business advocate to government in California. Membership represents one-quarter of the private sector jobs in California and includes firms of all sizes and companies from every industry within the state. Leveraging our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations, we provide products and services to help businesses comply with both federal and state law. The California Chamber of Commerce, a not-for-profit organization, promotes international trade and investment in order to stimulate California's economy and create jobs. Please visit our website at http://www.calchamber.com, or our California Spanish employment poster product page.

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