Guidance for Employers in Giving References

Guidance Notes – Giving References

EMP.RE.01.12
These Guidance Notes - Giving References explain the issues which employers need to consider in providing references for both employees and ex-employees.

Essentially, there is no legal requirement for an employer to give a reference, but any reference given by an employer for a current or past employee must be true, fair, accurate and not misleading.

These Guidance Notes - Giving References explain the context for, and suggested content of, references and looks at duty of care, liability and potential discrimination issues.

In this Simply Docs suite of documents, there is also a Request for Employer Reference letter, which requests a previous employer of an applicant to confirm the job description and length of employment of that applicant. In addition, there is a Reply to Request for Employer Reference letter, which gives a suggested letter format for employers to use in giving a reference. This letter template can be used to confirm the job description and length of employment of a previous employee.

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