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How long to keep employee records?

As a Chicago and Illinois employment lawyer, I advise businesses to know how long they must keep HR and personnel records pursuant to federal and state law.If your business disposes of records before the statutorily mandated time, you could be in trouble if an employee files a claim.

You can contact me to conduct an overhaul of your HR record retention practices.

Federal and state statutes impact retention of files

Whether an employee left under good terms or was terminated for cause, an employer should retain employment records. Certain statutes require that documents be retained for a period of time. For example, the Illinois Human Rights Act requires certain records be retained for one year after the date of termination. The Fair Labor Standard Act requires that documents be retained for three years. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires that records of environmental monitoring of exposure to hazardous substances be retained for 30 years.  How long should you retain your records?  It depends on what types of post employment claims are likely to be filed.  An HR overhaul can help you create best practices for record retention.

Hiring an Illinois employment and HR lawyer

If you have an employment law case to discuss, feel free to contact me.  Though I work primarily in Northern Illinois, including Chicago, Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Will County, I have a network of lawyers across Illinois that can help you with your employment law cases.