Sacramento (PRWEB) February 20, 2008
CalBizCentral, the leading provider of human resources and legal information for California businesses, announced today the expansion of its effort to educate businesses about required employee notices and training in Spanish. Fourteen different products are now available in Spanish and four in bilingual format at CalBizCentral.com.
"CalBizCentral's product line will help businesses with Spanish speaking employees better understand and comply with complex employment regulations. Our goal is to help businesses reduce risk and improve workplace morale by building trust with employees in their primary language," said Jan Bell, executive vice president of membership and business services with CalChamber. "Our Spanish language product offerings are meeting a real need."
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, California has the most Hispanic-owned businesses in the country with 427,678 or 27.2 percent. These firms pull in receipts of more than $57 billion. And Los Angeles County boasts the highest number among counties across the country at 188,472 businesses. In terms of employees, 25.8 percent of all Californians speak Spanish in the home.
California law requires a business that employs workers who are only Spanish speaking to post the minimum wage poster in Spanish. It 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.
"As the number of Hispanic businesses in California continue to increase, it's vital that Spanish speaking employers and employees understand their rights under the law," said Diana Borroel, President and CEO of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "CalBizCentral's Spanish language tool set is exactly what our members need."
"These materials provide easy access to information that all businesses need to train supervisors and manage Spanish speaking employees, and importantly, prevent lawsuits against employers for non-compliance," said Bell. "But we can't forget that it's not just about the businesses being informed, it's equally important to have these tools available in Spanish for employees sake."
Some of the Spanish language products include:
- California and Federal Employment Notices
- Hazard and Safety Training
- Paid Family Leave Pamphlets
- Workers Comp Pamphlets
- Preventing Harassment Online Training and mini-books
- Unemployment and State Disability Insurance Pamphlets
- Heat Illness Prevention mini-book
- Workplace Conduct mini-book
- Preventing Workplace Violence mini-book
"As we continue to expand our Spanish language product line, we want to make sure this information is available to the Latino community. A language barrier should not stand between a manager or employee understanding his or her rights and responsibilities under state law," Bell said.
CalBizCentral products are available in English, and many are available in Spanish and bilingual. Employers will find a variety of tools to better manage their employees at http://www.calbizcentral.com/spanish. CalBizCentral is a division of the California Chamber of Commerce.
The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) 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. CalChamber, a not-for-profit organization with roots dating to 1890, promotes international trade and investment in order to stimulate California's economy and create jobs. Please visit our website at http://www.calchamber.com.
CalBizCentral is a one-stop site for products that answer California and federal labor law and HR questions, alleviate confusion and allow businesses to focus their time and effort on their work. For more information or to review CalBizCentral's products, please visit http://www.calbizcentral.com.
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