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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Many employers are making the leap to “paperless” HR. Digital records are easy to access and cheap to archive. But despite the many benefits of electronic records storage, a host of legal problems could derail even the best-intentioned digital records plan. Here are the issues to consider before you make the transition.
The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that an employer may be held liable for employment discrimination under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), based on the discriminatory animus of an employee who influenced, but did not make, an ultimate employment decision.
Q. I’ve heard that there are new Illinois Equal Pay Act regulations I have to follow. Does this affect my record-keeping?
Q. I’ve been hearing a new term lately: “cat’s paw” lia­bil­ity. What is it, and why should I be worried about it?

Before you officially terminate an employee, make sure you have nailed down the reasons. That’s the official word—even if your decision is challenged. Here’s why: A court may see new or additional reasons as evidence that the first reasons were just excuses.

Is your direct deposit or paycard campaign a little long in the tooth? Now may be the best time to update it to encompass new communications media, such as smartphone apps. Leverage the technology for smartphone banking apps to sell direct deposit or payments via payroll debit paycards. You can go one step further and pair electronic pay with paperless deposit statements.

Clear the deck, scrub it down and start over? Remove everything and put back only what you need? In your dreams! If "cluttered desk," "cluttered mind" is your motto and purging your work station of clutter is only a dream, approach it one problem at a time. Use these seven steps to "declutter":

To sue for employment discrimination, employees have to show some sort of adverse action—e.g., discharge, demotion, a pay cut or a transfer to a less desirable or less prestigious position. Merely being criticized or having a reprimand placed in a personnel folder isn’t enough to support a lawsuit.

Guess which of your employees are among the most likely to file a discrimination complaint, request ADA accommodations or ask for FMLA leave. Those who know they’re in trouble at work. They think that by doing so, they’ll make you think twice before discharging them. If that doesn’t keep you from firing them, guess what happens next.

About 11,000 more federal government workers telecommuted in 2009 than in 2008, the federal Office of Personnel Management reports. The increase brings the number of government employees who work at home or at telework centers at least part of the time to 5.72% of the federal workforce.