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What Should Your Personnel Files Contain?

Don't get burned by overly personal personnel files.

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This story appears in the September 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The office manager storms into your office and demands to see her personnel file. She says she heard a rumor about what might be in there. Cringing, you open the drawer. Why weren't you more discreet?

Be forewarned: Various state and federal laws entitle employees to review their files and make copies. State laws differ in the details, but chances are, there's a court decision permitting access and prohibiting retalia-tion against your employee.

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