Q & A – What should I do if I receive a letter from an attorney requesting an employee personnel file?

Q: What should I do if I receive a letter from an attorney requesting an employee personnel file?

A: The designated person that handles HR matters should be contacted immediately.  The employer should further research the request by contacting the attorney.  Ask the attorney specifically what is needed, what is causing the request, and who is asking.  The personnel file is considered company property and inquiring might help the employer determine the appropriate action to take.