"Out with the old, in with the new!" chant managers as they dispose of documents that have accumulated in their office throughout the previous year. In their quest to have a clean, organized slate, they sometimes dispose of documents they shouldn't; documents that they should be submitting to HR so that they can be added to an employee's official personnel file, substantiate a need for, etc.
Here are pointers for deciding on which documents to retain and which to pitch, a handy list of required document retention periods for those documents managers are most likely to reference, and advice for creating documentation that stands the legal test of time and doesn't contain embarrassing mistakes.
To keep or not to keep
Generally speaking, managers are not responsible for maintaining personnel files, but a majority of the documents that go into those files originate from your office. Check ...(register to read more)
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