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How long should we keep applications?

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Q. We are swamped with applications, most from people who don’t meet our basic requirements. We typically toss out applications that clearly aren’t from qualified applicants. Should we keep copies? — J.T., Georgia

A. Yes. Federal antidiscrimination laws, such as Title VII, the ADA, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), require employers to keep applications for at least one year from the date of the hiring decision.

Title VII and the ADA apply to employers of 15 or more employees. The ADEA applies to employers with 20 or more employees.

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