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A personnel file provides a record of the key correspondence, events and developments in the course of an individual’s employment. Employers use personnel records to keep track of the employment relationship.
The Data Protection Act 1998 requires that employers follow various data protection principles when handling personal data, which includes information contained in personnel files. For example, personal data should be kept no longer than necessary, meaning that employers can eliminate personal information that is no longer relevant once the employment relationship has ended.
3 Apr 2005
Hats off to the Scottish government for succeeding in developing and implementing a new act that intends to prevent the...
8 Mar 2005
Wading through reams of new legislation and caught between frustrated managers and aggrieved employees, the lot of the HR manager is often unenviable.
3 Feb 2005
Employers don't just have a right to know what is causing an employee's long-term or recurrent illness i- they have a responsibility to find out. Melissa Paz explains
4 Jan 2005
Beverley Whittaker, commercial lawyer at law firm Stevens & Bolton, explains what the Freedom of Information Act will mean for employers
22 Jun 2004
It pays to know the difference between data protection and the protection of data.
1 May 2004
Nationals from eight of the 10 accession countries that joined the European Union this month will be entitled to work...