I have written on this topic a few times before…
Here is a post from May 2010 about the issue: HOW TO GET A COPY OF YOUR NON-COMPETE (reprise)
In that post I provide some general information on how to get a copy, but I have a new plan or theory.
It is about to be the end of the year. What if employees everywhere said the following to their HR directors:
“Dear HR person:
I read an article recently that encouraged employees to get their ducks in a row at work…(which is true – you are reading this blog = article).
The article encouraged employees to know what documents they had signed at work, and to make copies of their employment contracts if they don’t have them. As I start the new year, I would like to see what documents I signed, etc. in my file. Could we schedule a time for me to review and make a quick copy?”
I think this is a good strategy. Kind. General and not hostile.
Let me know how it works out. I will be interested to hear!