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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.
5 Jun 2007
Two-thirds of the British workforce would lie on their applications to get the job, research has found.A survey conducted by...
17 Apr 2007
Many employers regularly use networking websites such as MySpace http://www.myspace.com/ to obtain personal information about prospective staff.Are there legal risks...
30 Jan 2007
Leicester University recently conducted a survey among a representative sample of 2,000 people, asking whether they would commit fraud if they...
13 Feb 2006
Royal Mail's staff vetting procedures have been slammed as the service was handed a record £11.4m fine for failing to adequately prevent mail being lost, damaged or stolen
18 Jan 2006
Stamping 'confidential' on a reference offers employers no protection under the Data Protection Act, the Information Commissioner has confirmed
8 Aug 2005
A quarter of CVs submitted for financial sector jobs contained incorrect or false information, suggesting an intention to deceive
26 Jul 2005
Recruitment procedures and arrangements for checking that employees are suitable to work with children are still inadequate, a government report has claimed
3 Feb 2005
As employers’ legal liabilities for the actions of staff become more extensive and complex it is important not to take...
3 Feb 2005
Last month’s jailing of unqualified gynaecologist Dr Henry Akpata and the forced resignation of NHS Trust chief executive Neil Taylor...
1 Feb 2005
Zoe Balmforth of Addleshaw Goddard brings you a comprehensive update on the latest decisions that could affect your organisation and provides advice on what to do about them
19 Oct 2004
Mark Corbett explores the issues for employers
1 Apr 2004
The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2003 have been some time in the making. But after a number of consultations, the update to the 1976 Regulations finally comes into force this month, with a three-month period for implementation.
30 Mar 2004
As prospective employees become more deceitful in their CVs and job applications, HR must become more rigorous in checking the facts.
1 Mar 2004
In the wake of Ian Huntley’s murder convictions for the deaths of two young girls, what are employers’ legal options...