Records Retention

You need record retention guidelines – from organizing personnel files and electronic records retention policies to control document management and more.

Business Management Daily provides personnel records retention guidelines, helping you to improve your hard-copy and electronic record retention.

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If your CEO sends you an email requesting a list of employees and their Social Security numbers, watch out!
“I have been a part of many information governance/records management horror stories,” says Braden Perry, litigation, regulatory and government investigations attorney with Kennyhertz Perry, LLC. We asked him for some warning signs that you’re not prepared for your system to be examined at close range.
As organizations’ tangible assets vaporize into the cloud, it’s a good idea to think about how you manage data.
Employee lawsuits often use personnel files as evidence of wrongdoing by employers. Among the critical HR record-keeping issues involving personnel files are what to include in an employee file, what to maintain in separate files, and how long to retain different types of information.
Are work documents taking over your office? If your desk is covered, your filing cabinets are full and your email archive goes back for years, it may be time to ask yourself if holding on is hurting more than it’s helping.
Q. We are moving to another office and want to take this opportunity to purge outdated or unnecessary documents. How long do we have to keep our personnel files?
Q. Is there any reason to keep old medical files on past employees? Usually the info in the medical files is whether they’ve had a TB test, typical paperwork on physicals, or return-to-work information after pregnancies or injuries.
Is the paper piling up in your office and in need of a big spring cleaning? Before managers start tossing documents in the circular file, they need to know which employee-related paperwork must be saved—and for how long.

It’s easy to get buried by the paperwork involved with managing your personal finances. Luckily professional organizer Regina Leeds and Book­­keeping Express CEO Greg Jones have some simple advice on how long you need to save different types of paperwork.

Retaining financial records protects your company against litigation and ensures that you stay in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.