Is an employer required to shred paperwork that contains personal information?

Author: William Denham, Shortt & Nguyen, PC

Yes. It is advisable for an employer to shred paperwork containing personal information about employees and job applicants once there is no longer a need to retain such information. An employer must use reasonable disposal methods (including shredding) to destroy paperwork such as consumer credit data, medical information or other private information containing personal and confidential data on employees and applicants. An employer should consult state law, which may contain additional guidelines.