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Ask the Attorney: personnel file FAQs, cost of living salary adjustments and more

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Nancy Delogu

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In this month's roundup of questions from our readers, Nancy Delogu, expert employment law attorney, tackles personnel files and file retention, whether or not a cost of living salary adjustment is lawful, and more.

Who has the right to know what’s in a personnel file?

Q: “Do employees have a legal right to information an employer keeps in its personnel records? Or should Human Resources be the only department with access to this information (except for Legal when required for compliance reasons)?” – Maren, Virginia

A: Whether employees have the legal right to see what is in their personnel “file” varies by jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions, like Massachusetts, require employers to make this information available to employees upon request in most circumstances, and others, like Virginia, do not require private sector employers to provide this information to employees.

Governments also usually have an obligat...(register to read more)

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