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    Can I see my personnel files from my former employer? If so, can I make copies and dispute information?

  • #2
    Louisiana law does not address this so the answer to all three questions depends on your employer's policies.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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    • #3
      Are you sure?

      I've seen several sources that list Louisiana as one of a handful of states that give employees the right to either see, copy, and/or dispute information in their personnel files, but that's all I can find out. Nothing specific about Louisiana law.

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      • #4
        All I can tell you is that I have a commercially published list of states with such a requrement and a summary of the laws for each of those states. Louisiana does not appear on that list. If there is such a law, it has been passed since my list was published. I do not dispute that this is a possibility.

        When I get a chance I'll do more research.
        The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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        • #5
          I have two references. One says: School employees must be allowed access to their personnel files (parish & city school systems). Former employees - no statutory right.

          Other says: Employees have a right to access records relating to any confirmed positive drug tests and any records relating to the results of any relevant certification, review, or suspension/revocation of certification proceedings. In addition, any current or former employee or the employee's designated representative has the right to access employer records of employee exposure to potentially toxic materials or harmful physical agents, and to employee medical records and any analyses made using employee exposure or medical records.
          Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

          Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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          • #6
            Betty - one reference I found suggested that public employees may have the right to access their files but that private employees do not. Accepting that there is limited access as you have indicated, do you have anything further to that point?
            The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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            • #7
              I don't in the two references I posted - I'll check around & if I find anything re public employees, I will post it.
              Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

              Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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              • #8
                I couldn't find anything. My reference re school employees gives a statute # of La. 17.1231 - the other is just from a reference of mine that gives no statute #.

                Barry - can you give us the sources you have - do they apply to all employees & all records? You noted nothing specific about La. law.
                Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

                Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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                • #9
                  Thanks, ladies

                  The Louisiana Workforce Commission responded to this question. Your answers pretty well cover the extent to which Louisiana values employee rights.

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