Employment, Labor and Benefits Advisory: Amendment to Massachusetts Personnel Records Law Imposes Significant New Burdens on Employers


Recently, the Massachusetts Personnel Records Law was amended to require employers to notify an employee within 10 days of any addition to his or her “personnel record” of “any information to the extent the information is, has been used or may be used, to negatively affect the employee’s qualification for employment, promotion, transfer, additional compensation or the possibility that the employee will be subject to disciplinary action.” Signed into law without fanfare, as part of a larger economic development bill, this new provision has the potential to cause significant uncertainty, and, perhaps, unintended and troublesome consequences.

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