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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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8 May 2014
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6 Jun 2011
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16 Nov 2010
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15 Sep 2010
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4 Aug 2010
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15 Oct 2009
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4 Aug 2009
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4 Aug 2009
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