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Habla Inglés?

by Zelle LLP on

English has been called the “global language of business” because of its international significance. In 2014, a group of investigators studied the global influence of languages by looking for connections through translations...more

Fluctuating Workweek Policy Does Not Have to be Translated into Employee's Native Language

With the December 1 effective date approaching for the Department of Labor’s increase in the minimum salary for claiming most overtime exemptions, many employers are considering moving employees to the fluctuating workweek...more

September 2016 Special Immigration Alert

by Epstein Becker & Green on

I. DOS Announces 2018 Diversity Lottery - The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just released its instructions for the DV-2018 Diversity Visa (DV-2018) lottery. The registration period begins on Tuesday, October 4,...more

English-Only Arbitration Agreement Deemed Unenforceable

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: An arbitration provision that was provided only in English to a population consisting of one-third Spanish speakers, and that required claimants to bear one-half of arbitration expenses, was unenforceable...more

CFPB Outlines New Proposals For Third Party Consumer Debt Collection

by Dechert LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the U.S. published an outline of proposals on July 28, 2016 to govern consumer debt collection by debt collectors including third-party collection agencies, debt buyers,...more

Use of English in contractual documents between two French companies

by Reed Smith on

Two legal persons governed by French private law may, by mutual agreement, draft their contractual documents in the English language. On 30 May 2016, the Commercial Practices Review Commission (hereinafter the ‘CEPC’ –...more

Court Interprets Quebec French Language Sign Requirements, Trade-mark Exception

A recent, lengthy decision gives interesting guidance on Quebec language legislation as to the rules applicable to the predominance of French, the use of trade-marks on signs and in particular the protection for unregistered...more

“Toubon Law” 20 Years On: The Cyber Economy and France’s Law on the Mandatory Use of the French Language

by DLA Piper on

In 1994, France implemented a law, known as the “Toubon Law” after France’s then-minister of Culture, Jacques Toubon, to preserve the French language, protect French consumers and promote French culture. At the time, the...more

How Can Global Corporations Afford (or Afford Not) To Employ Professional Language Solution Providers

by Thomas Fox on

It seems like a daily occurrence that news organizations and blogs (this one included) report that global corporation XYZ, Inc. has run afoul of FCPA statutes somewhere in the world. The next few paragraphs will recount the...more

Doing Business in Canada: Language Requirements

FEDERAL LAWS - English and French are the official languages of Canada. The Constitution of Canada and the Official Languages Act guarantee that English and French have equality status and equal rights and privileges...more

En Español: HHS Agencies Issue Model Notices of Privacy Practices in Spanish

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued model Notices of Privacy Practices (NPPs) in...more

Court Reporters, Attorneys, and Interpreters – Best Practices

by Kramm Court Reporting on

Court Reporters: When working with interpreters, court reporters have certain added responsibilities, and there are best practices that a court reporter can adopt to be more efficient. The first duty the court reporter has...more

Did You Know? ¿Sabía Usted? Employers Are Required to Post Some Labor Law Posters in Different Languages

Florida law requires employers to post certain state labor law posters in languages other than English. Employers must prominently display a poster notifying employees of the state minimum wage in both English and Spanish....more

No Habla Arbitration: An Arbitration Agreement, to Be Enforceable With an Employee Who Only Reads Spanish, Must Be in Spanish

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

A Texas appellate court recently provided a valuable lesson in the very basics of arbitration agreements. In Delfingen US-Texas, LP v. Valenzuela*, the Court struck down an otherwise excellent arbitration agreement because...more

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