What Is an Employee File?
Employers should utilize an employee file to capture and maintain all HR, payroll, benefits and compliance documents in one location. With the evolution of HR technology, employers should store all essential personnel documents for each employee within their HR system. Failure to properly maintain and produce documentation can result in compliance violations or potential fines.
Documents protected by privacy laws, such as medical/insurance records and reference/background checks, should not be included in an employee’s basic employee file.
Here’s a snapshot of the items that can be included in a basic employee file:
Job application and/or resume
Receipt or signed acknowledgment of employee handbook
Forms relating to employee benefits
Forms providing emergency contacts
Customers and/or coworkers complaints
Awards or citations for excellent performance
Records of attendance or completion of training programs
Warnings and/or other disciplinary actions
Notes on attendance or tardiness
Any contract, written agreement, receipt, or acknowledgment between the employee and the employer
Documents relating to the worker's departure from the company
Paycor’s HR solution offers unified employee recordkeeping and much more. Explore our HR product page to learn how we eliminate paper files and keep your information secure. Learn more about new employee onboarding and how to file taxes without W2.
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