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07:36 Aug 24, 2000
French to English translations [PRO] Law/Patents
French term or phrase:registre unique du personnel
This is a document about the employees of a French company. In previous translation, the term "employee journal" was used, which I find quite inappropriate. I would put "single employee register". Any ideas?
Thanks in advance
Explanation: or "Official Employee Roster" would be more in keeping with the sense of the French.
The more literal terms "single" and "unique" pose problems in English and can lead to confusion ("single" because of its reference to marital status, and "unique" because, well, "unique" is not a customary term in administrative or bureaucratic usage, and readers would be likely to stumble over it).
The idea that needs to be conveyed here is that this register or roster is the only one that counts, and that it enjoys a privileged position among the company's records. Hence the suggestions above. (As my old translation mentor used to say, "there are literal translations and there are free translations -- and then there are the accurate translations.") -- Cheers, HC