Posted in : How Do I Handle It ROI on 1 June 2012
Jennifer Cashman
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A troublesome employee has handed in their notice and has asked for a reference to give to their new employer. We usually give references to all employees but in this case the employee has recently become a poor performer and has timekeeping and absenteeism issues which we haven’t raised with the employee to date. Should these details be included in the reference?

The drafting of references is becoming somewhat of a legal minefield for employers and care should be taken when giving references in respect of employees. The above scenario is a typical example of when certain information should not be included in a reference. For example, the employee in question has a poor performance record

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