Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

August 22, 2019 2 By Kailee Schamberger


Hi there my name is Julie Wagner and I’m
one of the government information analysts with the state and local records
management division at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Today
I’m here to answer a question we’ve received several times here at the
library -why do so many employment records have a retention period of
seventy five years? Is 75 years significant for some reason? Who decided
that retention period? Well, when TSLAC was first developing the
local schedules the retention for employee pension and benefit records and
other employee service records was actually permanent. This seemed like too
much of a burden to place on governments so their attention was
shortened to date of separation + 75 years. Seventy five years after the date
of separation of the employee was chosen because this would be a reasonable
amount of time that the employee might be expected to still be alive and want
to collect benefits even if they were separated when they were fairly young.
This time span also allows ample time for any beneficiaries to come forward
and collect benefits. That’s all there is to this one. Do you have another burning
question about records management? Let us know by commenting below or send us an
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