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Wisconsin Federal & State Employment Law Resources

Wisconsin Open Personnel Record Statute

This Wisconsin statute allows current and former employees to access and inspect their personnel records. Requests are limited to 2 per year, and employers may require a written request. Employers have 7 business days in which to honor a request, and may charge reasonable copying costs.

An employee does not have a right to access or inspect the following records:

  • Ones involving a criminal investigation of the employee
  • Letters of reference concerning the employee
  • Test documentation (beyond simply a test score itself)
  • Management planning documents
  • Confidential information of other employees
  • Documents relating to any other pending claim between employee and employer that are discoverable

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