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Factsheet:

Retention of HR records

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This factsheet was last updated in July 2013.

What are HR records?

HR records include a wide range of data relating to individuals working in an organisation, for example, pay or absence levels, hours worked and trade union agreements. This information may be stored in a variety of media, such as computer databases or paper files.

It is important for all organisations to maintain effective systems for storing HR data, both to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation (for example in respect of the minimum wage or working time regulations) as well to support sound personnel administration and broader HR strategy. Our factsheet on human capital contains more details of how employee information can help identify the sort of HR or management interventions which will drive business performance

However, as detailed below, a complex regulatory regime governs the length of time for which HR records should be stored.

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