This weekend a person asked me if she had a right to material about her that a work supervisor was referencing to her about. She explained to me what it was and I said yes. I said there is state law that allow employees access to their personnel files. Her comment was, Oh Really! The state law is Minnesota Chapter 181.960 to 181.966.
Many people are unaware of their legal and statutory rights. How can people be notified of their rights? Is it up to the individual to find out or should the employer let her know in the above scenario? Notification of rights is an important concept if people are going to be aware of them and to be able to use them.
Many government agencies will put on their web sites the statutory rights they enforce and some description of the law. I decided to visit the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry website to see if their is a reference to the personnel law that by law they enforce. Low and behold there is not. I put in a call to the supervisor of that enforcing unit to let her know about the omission. When the person calls back and I tell them about my website experience, will they say , "Oh Really".