The answer depends on what kind of records you are asking about. There are various state and federal laws that require maintaining specific applicable records for a minimum period of time. For example, in California, employee wage records must be kept for at least 3 years under state and federal law. But the unemployment insurance code requires certain employment related records to be kept at least 4 years.
Most employer's attorneys will advise their clients to keep employment records for at least as long as the statute of limitations period runs, in case the employer is sued. Most legal claims most be made anywhere from 6 months to 4 years, depending on the basis of the claim. So it would be safe to advise an employer to keep records at least that long. Out of caution, some may keep records longer.
I do not know of any requirement that an employer keep employment records as long as 7 years or longer.
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What kind of records are you referring to?
As Attorney Kirschbaum indicates, there are different state and federal laws which require maintaining specific applicable records for a minimum period of time (usually 3 or 4 years).
It is unlikely there is any legal requirement to keep records 7 or more years.
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