Can a top company executive (I.E. CEO) access employee files without permission?

First, whose permission would he/she need? The CEO outranks the HR director and everyone else.

Personnel files are not personal; they are business records and are available to the top executive just like P&L statements and accounting records. The top executive needs to have access to all information so he can be familiar with employee performance. Reviewing personnel files regularly will help keep HR managers honest.
Medical information can be viewed legally but it may be a bad practice if the CEO is making employment decisions based on medical information.


Hope that helps you out. =)



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