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.


Top 10 HR questions July 2019: Spent convictions

There are limits to the circumstances in which employers can take a candidate’s past criminal convictions into account when deciding...

Top 10 HR questions May 2019: Ramadan, redundancy and references

5 Jun 2019

Many employers will have staff who have been fasting over the last month, as they observe Ramadan.
The most popular...

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Top 10 HR questions February 2019: Redundancy, FTCs and maternity leave

1 Mar 2019

When faced with the need to make redundancies, how should an employer decide which employees to select?
Redundancy exercises bring...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2018 – probation dismissals and unavailable companions

2 Oct 2018

Can you dismiss before a probationary period ends if they're not up to the job?

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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.
An...

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background-checks

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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regulatory-references

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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criminal-record-disclosure

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.

Ruling...

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employee-references

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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