What Should (and Shouldn't) Be in the Personnel File

By: Patricia Trudeau

Organizations generate a lot of paperwork related to their employees, much of it sensitive. Keeping a close eye on what you have and segregating information appropriately can help you better manage it.

Regardless of how you keep your personnel files—paper, scanned, or electronic—the maintenance, security, and retention requirements are the same. They should be secured with limited access to the files outside of the human resources department. ...