Could you define best practice in terms of providing references for employees?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 2 February 2016
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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There is no legal entitlement for former employers to provide references to former employees, however, it is usual practice to do so. There are two types of reference which an employer may give to future employers/former employees (i) a statement of employment and (ii) a reference including comments on performance, conduct etc.

References can be given in writing or orally (or both). If a statement of employment is issued orally, the provider of the statement should keep a detailed record of the conversation on file. Such records can be released to the employee under a Data Access Request or in Discovery in the context of a civil claim against the employer. 

Statements of employment are

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Zelda Cunningham
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