Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]10 Says a Worker Can See Boss's Secret Files

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]10 Says a Worker Can See Boss's Secret Files

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Byline: MARTIN DELGADO

EMPLOYEES will be able to demand to see any company record that mentions them, including confidential emails, handwritten notes and personal files, under an anti-secrecy code designed to increase openness in the office.

The regulations will allow a worker access to any document about him or her for a fee of [pound]10.

Few companies are thought to have grasped the full significance of the new rules which will appear in the final draft version of the Information Commission code on employee records, which sets the standards the watchdog believes employers must follow to avoid possible criminal liability.

"For a lot of employers, it's going to be a most horrible surprise," said Catherine Prest, of law firm Hammond Suddards Edge.

Trade unions are expected to welcome the code, which will require employers to provide "sickness records, disciplinary or training records, appraisal or performance review notes, email logs, audit trails and information held in general personnel files". …

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