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Is An Employer Obligated to Give an Employee Reference?

Employers in White Plains, New York who are hesitant to give references because they don’t want to say anything negative about the employee and they also don’t want to give misinformation. The down side on today’s social structure in terms of employee references is that often times companies will only give ‘neutral references’ which means that when a potential employer contacts them about an employee they are going to give the title of the position and the dates that the employee held that position and the employer is not going to comment on the abilities of the employee or how the employee performs the job.  The question of references is always a tricky one, in terms of employee references you also have the concern that a supervisor or a manager might give a reference without the company’s authorization, and that’s something that can be addressed easily in handbooks or policies. This way the employer can avoid the potential of having information being given out without authorization or consent.

This informational blog post was provided by Kim Berg, an experienced White Plains, New York Employment Attorney.

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