If English is not your first language you can request a translator to be provided for you. Translators are provided for you by the state and almost every language is available. If once you are in an unemployment hearing and start answering questions in English or before the translator has translated what the judge has said the translator will be dismissed. In most hearings you cannot have a translator on standby for use only when needed. A hearing must have everything translated in English for the record, and if a claimant requests a translator, all testimony for that person must be held in the language they requested. Translator hearings always take longer to hold than a regular hearing and most people are not used to having to pause after a sentence to allow it to be translated. Employers typically must provide their own translator if they do not speak english or have a witness who does not speak english.