Some employers actually have policies that provide for employees to review their files or even make a copy of them. Certain governmental or “public” employees may be entitled to some personnel records through a Colorado Open Records Act request. Employees should take advantage of this. Perhaps a request once a year after receiving your annual evaluation is a good time to review your file and confirm what has been placed in it. If you think there is a problem brewing, you may want to review your file before an appraisal so you are ready for a meeting with your supervisor.
Even if all is well at the job, there are documents that it benefits any employee to have, especially those that relate to compensation. Make sure you have any of the following that relate to you:
--sick leave and Family and Medical Leave Act policies;
--bonus policies; and
--information relating to any commission plan that applies to you.
The exact wording of these plans can mean dollars in your pocket if you voluntarily or involuntarily leave the company. You should know what each policy states.
Although some documents that an employee is asked to sign are less common, such as a confidentiality agreement, a non-compete or an arbitration agreement, if you sign it, ask for a copy. Then, keep these documents in a safe place at HOME. They may determine your rights and obligations in the future. If you ever need to see an attorney on an employment matter, these documents need to be reviewed and discussed.
Also, it never hurts to have a copy of the employee handbook or personnel policies. If they are electronic, you should review them and print out current versions of those policies which you think could be helpful someday. Knowing the employers’ rules will assist you in your employment and maximize your compensation. A common document published by publicly traded companies is its Code of Conduct. Ask for a copy and read it. You will find it interesting.