English-only rule

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An English-only rule is a requirement made by an employer that employees speak only English in the workplace or at specific times. English-only rules are highly scrutinized and are only allowed in certain circumstances. Point-blank restrictions on speaking any language other than English will likely not be allowed. However, more tailored rules like requiring English in recorded meetings may stand if a judge finds the rule reasonably necessary. For more information on English-only rules, click here.

[Last updated in July of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]