Wednesday June 3, 2020

A good reference guide is vital for companies

Writing references for employees has become a legal minefield for employers, who should be very careful what they put in writing, writes Anne O’Connell

17th July, 2010

Every request for an employee reference should bear the following warning to the employer: ‘‘Lawsuit may follow, regardless of whether or not you respond.”

A person who is unsuccessful in applying for a new job will often look for someone to blame. This may include a former employer who provided a reference.

Equally, if the candidate is successful, but does not match up to the new employer’s expectations, the employer may look...

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