Are employers obliged to issue contracts, employee handbooks or company policies to non-Nationals in languages understandable to them?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 5 July 2011
Emma-Jane Flannery
Arthur Cox
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There is no legislation specifically setting out an employer’s statutory duty to issue contracts, handbooks and policies to an employee in their native language. However, not doing so may put you at risk of potential discrimination claims.

An employer should find out when recruiting an employee what fluency/literacy of English they possess, and put in place provisions to accommodate this. If a high standard of literacy in English is a justifiable job criterion, then it is unlikely that if a person does not meet that standard, regardless of his or her national origins, they will be selected to do the job. The risk of indirect discrimination really lies in respect of jobs for which there are

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Emma-Jane Flannery
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