The Spanish Business Resource Center Addresses Language Barriers in Human Resources
In fact, Bank of America 2017 Hispanic Small Business Spotlight reports that Hispanic small business owners are confident about their growth prospects and anticipate that revenue will increase more than 70 percent in 2017. In addition, 76 percent of Hispanic small business owners plan to grow their business over the next five years, compared to 55 percent of non-Hispanics owned businesses!
Although Hispanic small business owners are set up for success in the upcoming years, there still could be a greater obstacle that will prevent their company goals from coming to fruition: a language barrier. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the U.S., with over 37 million speakers nationwide, so it is more important than ever to provide resources and information that can support Hispanic business owners in being compliant with employment and labor laws.
Because of the small size of their businesses, most of these owners take a “do-it-yourself” approach to handling their human resources, often to the detriment of running the other aspects of their business such as developing products and focusing on their business goals. They generally face challenges such as knowing how to make the right hiring decisions, keeping track of documentation for their business and employees, knowing the laws and regulations that apply to them and how they change, and how to properly classify workers.
If owners do not treat all employees fairly, they can be sued for issues such as discrimination, wrongful termination, and harassment (AZ Central), which could harm their employees, close their businesses for good and ruin their reputation.
We’re excited to announce our new Spanish Business Resource Center site to help Spanish-speaking business owners understand valuable human resources services available to help them avoid a claim and protect their reputation. Our hope is that your Spanish-speaking customers will now be able to read about the free and discounted services available to them with a USLI policy so they can focus on growing their business.
As always, thank you for your support and business.
Contact Marisel Villarreal Rios
Bi-lingual Communications/Writing Specialist | 888-523-5545 Ext. 2475
Written by Cindy Woods
September 7, 2017