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California: Employee's Request for Payroll Records Must Be Honored Within 21 Days

California: Employee
  • October 3, 2002

Legislation signed by Governor Davis on September 26 augments the existing law giving individuals access to their payroll records. The new law requires an employer to provide copies (at cost) of payroll records, or permit the inspection of those records, within 21 days of receiving an oral or written request from an employee or former employee. The law prescribes a penalty of $750 for an employer failing to comply and authorizes an action for an injunction to obtain access to the payroll records.

California Assembly Bill 2412: Enforcement of Access to Payroll Records

Purpose: To require employers to comply with requests from current or former employees to inspect or copy payroll records within 21 calendar days from the date of the request.

Effective Date: January 1, 2003

Consequences: Employers failing to comply with a request for copies of or access to payroll records would be guilty of an infraction, imposing a civil penalty of $750. The bill also provides injunctive relief to ensure that violators comply with such requests.

View full text of AB 2412

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