Do managers have the right to take confidential reports home with them?

These reports contain pay and social security numbers. As an employee do I have the right to complain that my information has been compromised?

Posted  10-06-2010

Ann Kiernan replies:

There are many good reasons that a manger might take home confidential information, such as to work on annual performance reviews, budgets, or salary adjustment recommendations. But that information must be kept secure.

As a result of well-publicized incidents where hackers, misplaced laptops, or theft have lead to security breaches involving Social Security numbers, health information, credit card numbers and the like, almost every state now has legislation that requires organizations to give notice if employees’ or consumers’ personal information been compromised. As of September, 2010, only Alabama, Kentucky, New Mexico, and South Dakota lacked such laws.

The National Conference of State Legislatures has prepared a nifty chart with links to all of these state laws, so you can check to see what applies in your state.


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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.