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What’s In Your File? Requesting and Handling Personnel File Requests

How does an employee review what’s in her personnel file? How should management respond to a request to review one’s personnel file? What best practices should be followed by both? 1.  The Employee’s Rights - In California, an employee is entitled to three sets of documents – “pay stubs,” anything that she signed relating to her employment, and anything related to her performance. a.  Pay Stubs - Upon reasonable request, an employee is entitled to copy or inspect documents commonly referred to as pay stubs – accurate, itemized statements showing, among other things, gross wages earned, the employee’s total hours worked...

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