It is common practice for employers to provide references for employees and ex-employees, but there are risks involved. We outline eight things every employer should know before they give a reference.
Updated to include changes to the law on employing foreign nationals.
The employment tribunal has upheld a claim for discrimination arising from disability against an employer that withdrew a job offer when it discovered the extent of the claimant's previous long-term ill-health absences.
In Pnaiser v NHS England and another  IRLR 170 EAT, the EAT held that a former employer unlawfully discriminated against a disabled employee who had taken significant disability-related sick leave in giving her a negative reference, and her prospective employer discriminated by withdrawing the job offer.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that both the claimant's former and prospective employers committed discrimination arising from disability when a negative verbal reference resulted in a job offer being withdrawn.
Model letter for an employer to request a reference in respect of a candidate to work in the financial services sector.
A model policy to provide a procedure to follow where a reference request is received in respect of a former or current employee.
Our latest research explores the key issues arising when carrying our background checks on potential recruits - for example, how best to obtain references and how employers deal with references or criminal records checks that reveal adverse information about candidates.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to requesting references.