What are the legal requirements when providing references, what are we obliged to do?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 March 2014
There is strictly speaking no legal obligation on an employer to provide a reference for an employee or ex-employee and employers are therefore generally entitled to refuse to provide a reference.
There are however some limited exceptions to this general rule, such as:
Failure to provide a reference because of one of the protected characteristics will entitle an employee to bring a claim for discrimination. The protection against discrimination extends to employees who are subjected to discriminatory acts which take place after the employment has ended.
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