Keeping Employee Information Private

You can gather a variety of information about applicants for employment. Once employed, additional information accumulates about the employee’s performance, health, family and other personal issues. Growing concern over the possession of this data has contributed to development of laws governing the privacy of employer records.

For privacy reasons, files related to employee financial matters, such as wage assignments, garnishments, credit inquiries and so forth, must be kept in a confidential file separate from an employee’s personnel file. Access to this confidential file should be granted only to those people in your organization who have a legitimate need to know the information.​