"As layoffs continue throughout the country, many terminated employees are asking to review their personnel files, sometimes to assess whether they may have legal claims. In Massachusetts the Personnel Records Statute, M.G.L. c. 149, §52C..., sets out what must be included in a "personnel record" as well as various employer obligations and employee rights concerning personnel record access, challenges and retention. This [article] addresses the Statute’s requirements and implications for employers."
Massachusetts employment lawyers at Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, Waltham, MA, have published an informative article addressing terminated employees access to their personnel files seeking possible claims. The article is featured in the firm's Employment Law Advisor newsletter: Responding to Personnel Record Requests in Massachusetts. A brief introductory excerpt is included here: