Employment - Giving References

Giving References

You are not usually required to give a departing employee a reference. If you do give one, however, you could be liable to legal problems if you write a reference in a negligent way or if it is a defamatory.

You should also ensure that there is not an undue disparity between the reference and any other written statements relating to the employee in question (e.g. reasons for dismissal or an employee appraisal) as this would put you in a difficult position in the event, for instance, of an unfair dismissal.