California Employment Law Report

California Employment Law Report

The latest litigation trends, court decisions, & issues on California Employment Law

Tag Archives: personnel files and records

Five New Year’s resolutions for California employers in 2015

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
Happy New Year.  I started the Friday’s Five articles at the beginning of last summer, and the interest in the articles has been astounding, so I appreciate everyone who has read them and provided comments and feedback. If you have any topics you would like me to address, please let me know. With that said,… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five ways employers can receive requests for employees’ personnel and wage records

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law
Employers can receive requests for employment records of current and former employees though different ways. It is important for employers to first carefully review the request to understand what is being requested. It is important to understand who is making the request? Is the request only seeking a personnel file? Is the request only seeking… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five items to understand about employee personnel files under California law

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law, Wrongful Termination
1. Current and former employees have the right to inspect or copy personnel files. Under Labor Code section 1198.5 employees have the right to inspect or receive copies of personnel files and records relating to the employee’s performance or grievance concerning the employee. Employers are legally required to maintain personnel files for at least three… Continue Reading

5 compliance issues California employers need to audit at least once a year

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
Your company has updated its employee handbook, but the work is not over in California. Here are a few reminders of additional steps employers should review after conducting a handbook update and on a periodic basis. Of course this list is not comprehensive, but it comprises of a few items that sometimes take a backseat… Continue Reading

Surprise – Employers Face New Employee Personnel Records Obligations in 2013, But The Term “Personnel Records” Is Not Defined

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, New Cases, Technology & Law, Wage & Hour Law
California employers face a law (AB 2674) taking effect on January 1, 2013 (click here for a list of other new employment laws effective in 2013), which changes their duties to maintain and provide personnel records to current and former employees.  The law amends Labor Code section 1198.5 pertaining to "personnel records".  When discussing this… Continue Reading
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