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.

Check mate

1 Mar 2004

Making it contractual to regularly check staff for criminal records is one way of ensuring employees do not slip through...

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Puzzle it out

10 Feb 2004

Painting an accurate picture of prospective employees is becoming increasingly critical for organisations, but how does HR go about doing it? Kath Burke looks at the techniques of pre-employment screening

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