References

Most employers request references on a prospective employee to verify, for example, information about his or her employment history.

While there is generally no legal obligation on an employer to provide a reference on an employee or former employee to a prospective employer, when employers do respond to reference requests, they should aim to treat all requests consistently.


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Reference requests: eight things every employer should know

It is common practice for employers to provide references for employees and ex-employees, but there are risks involved. Sarah Anderson...

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Leadsom and “CV-gate”: how can HR always be sure of accuracy?

13 Jul 2016

Before she stepped out of the Conservative party leadership race earlier this week, Andrea Leadsom had already attracted unwanted attention...

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Withdrawing job offers: employers should make it clear if conditions such as references or proof of qualifications need to be met

Withdrawing job offers: the risks and how to limit them

16 May 2016

Can you withdraw a job offer once it has been made? We look at the risks employers face if they...

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Employer withdrew job offer due to sickness absence

9 May 2016

An employment tribunal held that a nurse was the victim of discrimination arising from disability, after her prospective employer withdrew...

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Candidates sue LinkedIn over lost job opportunities

Candidates sue LinkedIn over lost job opportunities

10 Nov 2014

LinkedIn is facing a class action lawsuit in California over its premium “reference search” function that allows employers to identify...

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Recruitment and dismissal in Europe: what employers need to know

8 May 2014

Recruitment and dismissal can be problematic for businesses, particularly when employers are unaware of the legal consequences of their actions....

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Vetting and barring changes 2012: three things employers need to know

5 Sep 2012

From 10 September 2012, a number of amendments to the vetting and barring scheme, which is designed to protect vulnerable...

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Legal opinion: Liability for statements about former employees

6 Jun 2011

It has long been accepted that an employer will owe a duty of care in respect of a reference given...

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Weekly dilemma: References for poor former employees

16 Nov 2010

I have received a reference request from an employee I was pleased to get rid of. Do I have to...

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Weekly dilemma: Pre-employment screening

15 Sep 2010

My company is gearing up for a round of recruitment. I realise people often exaggerate their employment history and experience,...

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Case of the week: Brown v Baxter and another t/a Careham Hall

4 Aug 2010

Brown v Baxter and another t/a Careham HallFACTSThe claimant, Emma Brown, worked as an assistant care manager at a residential...

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FSA reminds chief executives to closely vet candidates for influential roles

15 Oct 2009

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has written to the chief executives of 5,000 firms to remind them of their responsibilities...

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Cheltenham Borough Council conducts Laird case post mortem

4 Aug 2009

Cheltenham Borough Council has already made “significant” changes to its recruitment practices after it lost a £1m High Court battle...

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Law in Practice – what are employers entitled to know about applicants?

4 Aug 2009

A recent high-profile case showed the pitfalls that can occur when employers dig into a applicant's past. So what can employers ask? Emilie Bennetts and Carolyn Haddon give the answers.

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HR News stories you may have missed: public sector, graduates, strikes, unemployment, Royal Mail, G20 policing

6 Jul 2009

This Personnel Today news round-up includes news about:

Public sector pay freeze likely
Graduate applications outnumber vacancies 50:1
Tube workers strike ban?
Prevent unemployment...

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