We have been asked by a former employee to provide a reference, are we required to do so?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 1 August 2017
Generally, there is no legal obligation on an employer to provide a reference for an existing or former employee and employers are therefore generally entitled to refuse to provide a reference.
However, you should first consider your policy on this issue as the decision to give references or not, and what sort of information to include, should be consistent or it could lead to allegations of discrimination or a breach of the implied term of trust and confidence (in respect of an existing employee). Particular care must be taken to ensure that a refusal to provide a reference is not
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