Is there a legal obligation to provide a reference or statement of employment?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 6 June 2017
Julie Austin
McDowell Purcell

Julie Austin of McDowell Purcell takes a detailed look at employee references and answers the following questions:

Is there a legal obligation to provide a reference?

Is it acceptable to provide an ex-employee with a “statement of employment” as opposed to a reference? And do we need to include the reason for leaving in this statement or reference?

Can a role be offered subject to satisfactory references?

Is there a legal obligation to provide a reference?

As a general rule of thumb, there is no absolute requirement on an employer to provide a written reference or a statement of employment to

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Julie Austin
McDowell Purcell

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