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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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In Pennsylvania, employers must allow employees (or their designated agents) to inspect their personnel files upon reasonable request. The law applies only to actual employees, not to ex-employees or applicants who want to look at their application files ...

The Texas workers’ compensation system is designed to replace the wages of employees who miss work due to on-the-job injuries. The system works as a no-fault guarantee. Employees who can show they were injured while working are entitled to a portion of their earnings and paid medical care for those injuries. They needn’t prove their employer was negligent. In exchange, injured employees can’t sue employers for negligence ...

No specific Texas law allows private-sector employees access to their workplace personnel files, but the Texas Public Information Act does provide that right to public employees ...

Do you have a boss that's so busy they can't find the time to meet with you? Adapt to the boss’s preferred form of communication, and be inventive in your approach.
Issue: HR audits can help you identify weak points in your employment-law compliance.
Risk: If you don't act on the audit's recommendations (and employees find out) that mistake can kill ...
Issue: When it comes to skills building, many HR specialists think only about the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Risk: SHRM is a great source, but HR pros shouldn't ...
Issue: Beginning June 1, a new federal law requires you to properly dispose of personally identifiable background-check data.
Risk: One mistake can result in actual damages, up to a $2,500 ...
Confidentiality can quickly become a legal issue in many workplace decisions and activities.
Issue: HR must walk a legal tightrope when employees are suspected of in-house theft. Risk: A bungled theft investigation increases your organization's ...

"That's the last straw. You're fired."

You may have said those words yourself, but unless you've correctly documented the fired employee's "earlier straws," you may be opening up yourself for a lawsuit.

Would you think less highly of male applicants because they took leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? Your first answer may be "No," but a new study suggests ...

The federal government launched a high-profile raid last month of 21 Wal-Mart stores, resulting in more than 250 arrests of undocumented workers and a heap of trouble for the company.

THE LAW. Maintaining personnel files can be a chore, but it's the most important element in defending against claims from employees, ex-employees and regulators ...

Most companies don't spend a lot of time worrying about their employees' privacy rights. But they should. Consider this: Privacy lawsuits jumped 300 percent ...
Don't let your guard down when interviewing someone who doesn't appear to suffer from a disability. If you ask an illegal question, anyone can hit you with ...
In the past, thieves stole a person's identity mostly by snatching a wallet, intercepting mail or digging through garbage to find identifying data. Not anymore. Now, ...
It's more important than ever to make sure your employees are who they say they are and they're legally eligible to work in this country. Why? The ongoing battle against ...
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