Employee references

Most employers request references on a prospective employee to verify, for example, information about his or her employment history. Any job offer should be made conditional on satisfactory references.

Employers may receive a request from another employer for a reference on an employee or former employee to a prospective employer.

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Top 10 HR questions May 2018: GDPR special category data

1 Jun 2018

Many HR professionals will have spent months preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Now it is finally in...

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Claim for negligent reference dismissed: what now for employers?

26 Apr 2018

Can an employee challenge an investigation that has led to an unflattering reference? A recent decision sheds more light on...

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Charity scandal: can employers inform others about misconduct?

23 Feb 2018

Amid the misconduct scandal surrounding the charity sector, Oxfam and other charities suggest that better systems to inform other prospective...

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Thousands could be using fake degrees to apply for jobs

17 Jan 2018

Thousands of workers and jobseekers could potentially be misleading employers about their qualifications after buying fake degree certificates online.

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Background screening: Eight key checks employers must make

7 Nov 2017

Increased compliance means rising numbers of employers are performing numerous background checks on employees. Steve Smith...

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Senior Managers Regime: New rules on references from 7 March

1 Mar 2017

New rules regarding references in the financial services industry come into force on 7 March as part of the Senior...

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Reference requests: eight things every employer should know

31 Aug 2016

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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References in the banking sector: what HR needs to know

20 May 2016

Employers in the banking sector must comply with tough new requirements as part of major regulatory reform. What impact will...

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High Court: criminal record checks are “arbitrary” and unlawful

25 Jan 2016

The High Court has declared that the Government’s criminal record disclosure scheme is incompatible with the Human Rights Act.


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Are employee references worth the paper they are written on?

11 Feb 2015

Sarah Rushton looks at the problems associated with providing employee references and questions what value they have when employees change...

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Employer not negligent for bringing disciplinary proceedings. Photo: REX/David Pearson

Coventry University not negligent for bringing disciplinary proceedings

5 Dec 2014

In DLA Piper’s latest case report, a Court of Appeal decision highlights the need for employers to invest time and...

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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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Human resources professionals need to balance risk and trust in assessing fraud liability as former Bexley council accountant is jailed for stealing £220,000

10 Jul 2007

The role of HR in managing employee fraud is again under the spotlight following the jailing for two-and-a-half years of...

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Lies on CVs: the law is on the employer’s side if you are dishonest on your CVs

10 Jul 2007

Lies, lies and more damned CV lies: CV mendacity has reached epidemic proportions, but the law now rests with employers.The...

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