DOL’s Wage and Hour Division Launches Hotline for Spanish-Speaking Workers

The DOL partnered with federal and state agencies, nonprofits and Central American and Mexican consulates to provide information and assistance on employment related issues.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has officially launched an initiative for Spanish-speaking workers in Oregon and Northern California called the Employment, Education and Outreach (EMPLEO).

The EMPLEO program began 11 years ago in southern California to help immigrants who don’t speak English, and has since expanded to Idaho, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, and most recently Northern California and Oregon.

Callers to the hotline are connected to Spanish-speaking volunteers trained by the partner organizations that can assist workers. These volunteers do not work for any governmental agency. They refer callers to the appropriate organization, consulate or state or federal agency for help. This arrangement can help ease various concerns of workers uncomfortable with contacting an agency directly. The toll-free EMPLEO hotline is 1-877-552-9832 or 1-877-55-AYUDA.

Second Largest Spanish-speaking Country

There are 41 million native Spanish-speaking workers in the United States, and employers are going to see an increase in their Spanish-speaking workforce. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2050 the U.S. will have 138 million Spanish speakers.

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