Do current or former employees have a right to access their personnel records in order to inspect, copy or dispute the information?

Author: Marta Moakley, XpertHR Legal Editor

It depends. Employees may have the right, under certain circumstances, to inspect, copy or dispute the information in their personnel records. Requirements regarding employee access to records, including possible restrictions on copying or disputing information, vary by state. While some states explicitly grant a right of access to former employees, most states' laws address current employees. For detailed information, employers should consult XpertHR for a summary of legal requirements in each jurisdiction.