Records retention: Know what to keep, what’s safe to toss

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If there’s one thing all HR pros share, it’s probably a love/hate relationship with paper and paperwork.

On one hand, the mantra “Document, document, document” provides the security of knowing that HR decisions can be easily backed up with a complete and official record. On the other hand, the primary décor in many HR offices consists largely of row after row of filing cabinets.

You need good records, but you also need to get rid of them periodically.

That’s what a records-retention schedule will help you do. It ensures that an organization keeps the records it needs for operational, legal, fiscal or historical reasons, and then destroys them when they’re no longer useful.

We’ve compiled a comprehensive retention schedule for all kinds of business records—from accounting to taxation and beyond—that you can download free: “Company Records: What to Keep, What to Dump.”

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