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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.
15 Oct 2009
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has written to the chief executives of 5,000 firms to remind them of their responsibilities...
4 Aug 2009
Cheltenham Borough Council has already made “significant” changes to its recruitment practices after it lost a £1m High Court battle...
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.
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?
17 Jun 2009
The use of recruitment and employment agencies* is falling – a trend that is likely to continue in the current...
19 Feb 2009
Watching television coverage of four discredited senior bankers being accused by members of a Treasury Select Committee of not having...
21 Nov 2008
The need to check the background of job applicants couldn’t be more evident, yet it is often neglected. It may...
8 Oct 2008
Next year sees the introduction of an authority that will act to safeguard the vulnerable. It could mean more work for public and third sector HR departments, reports David Craik.
Employers show strong interest in National Staff Dismissal Register to check potential workers’ past career history
16 May 2008
A national blacklist of retail employees sacked for dishonesty is up and running, and could soon be extended to other...
8 May 2008
A country-wide database of ‘workplace offenders’ will be launched later this month to combat the annual loss of half-a-billion pounds...
6 May 2008
Many employers are still uncovering discrepancies, inaccuracies and lies in candidates’ job applications, according to Personnel Today’s sister publication Employment...
31 Mar 2008
Tough new employment checks for all NHS staff are to be introduced tomorrow (1 April).The checks have been revamped following...
5 Mar 2008
A social worker who lost her job as a result of an unfair reference has accepted £36,000 in compensation from...
17 Jul 2007
Barclays and G4S are just two recent victims of bad press coverage broken by undercover journalists. So what can HR do? Background screening at the recruitment stage to help spot bogus CVs and references is one way of screening out potential troublemakers.
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...