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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.
29 Oct 2019
The government has said it will consult on the idea that employers should be required to provide, as a minimum,...
7 Oct 2019
Giving departing employees a reference should be a risk-free procedure. But there are potentially damaging pitfalls to avoid.
5 Aug 2019
There are limits to the circumstances in which employers can take a candidate’s past criminal convictions into account when deciding...
5 Jun 2019
Many employers will have staff who have been fasting over the last month, as they observe Ramadan.
The most popular...
1 Mar 2019
When faced with the need to make redundancies, how should an employer decide which employees to select?
Redundancy exercises bring...
2 Oct 2018
Can you dismiss before a probationary period ends if they're not up to the job?
1 Jun 2018
Many HR professionals will have spent months preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Now it is finally in...
26 Apr 2018
Can an employee challenge an investigation that has led to an unflattering reference? A recent decision sheds more light on...
23 Feb 2018
Amid the misconduct scandal surrounding the charity sector, Oxfam and other charities suggest that better systems to inform other prospective...
17 Jan 2018
Thousands of workers and jobseekers could potentially be misleading employers about their qualifications after buying fake degree certificates online.
7 Nov 2017
Increased compliance means rising numbers of employers are performing numerous background checks on employees. Steve Smith...
1 Mar 2017
New rules regarding references in the financial services industry come into force on 7 March as part of the Senior...
31 Aug 2016
It is common practice for employers to provide references for employees and ex-employees, but there are risks involved. Sarah Anderson...
20 May 2016
Employers in the banking sector must comply with tough new requirements as part of major regulatory reform. What impact will...