For how long must an employer keep records required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?

Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor

Payroll records; certificates, agreements, plans and notices, including collective bargaining agreements, individual contracts and other memoranda involving recordkeeping requirements; and sales and purchase records must be preserved for at least three years from their last date of entry or last effective date.

Time cards or time sheets that record employees' daily start and stop times or otherwise record the amount of work performed by individual employees; wage rate tables that provide the piece rates or other rates used to compute straight-time earnings, wages, salary or overtime; order, shipping and billing records; and records of additions to or deductions from wages paid to individual employees must be kept for at least two years from their last date of entry or last effective date.