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A Negative Job Reference Can Lead to a Claim of Retaliation

Providing negative job references could constitute unlawful retaliation in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and similar anti-discrimination laws. In Male v. Tops Markets, LLC, a federal court in New York ruled in favor of a former employee, who claimed that the company provided negative job references […]

SkillSurvey Achieves 84-Percent Year-over-Year Bookings Growth for Q2

SkillSurvey®, Inc., the inventor and leading-provider of Web 2.0 reference-assessment solutions, has announced that its bookings for the second quarter of 2011 increased by 84-percent over the same period in 2010. “Even during these still uncertain times, SkillSurvey is experiencing tremendous growth due to the loyalty of our existing customers, the innovations we continue to […]

Real-Time References

Reference checking is the bane of many an HR professional’s existence. A solution, online reference checking, is now at hand. Every human resource executive is well aware of the problems related to reference checking — the seemingly interminable phone tag, the equivocal responses, and the difficulty comparing references coming from different referrers of different candidates. […]

Free the Reference Check from its Bonds

Reference checks have been neglected, ostracized and even banned in some companies. It appears that reference checks are increasingly perceived as a liability to an organization, which has resulted in a direct contradiction; “We want to receive references but we won’t give them.” A reference check is the final step to ensure a great decision […]

An Employer’s Guide to Reference Checks: Preliminary Observations

By Barry Hartstein and Corinn Jackson, Littler Mendelson, P.C. Employers today are faced with a hiring conundrum. Employers desire as much information as possible about a candidate in order to make a well-informed hiring decision. Those very same employers, however, are frequently wary about releasing information about a former employee to a prospective employer based […]

How Reference Checks Can Help to Prevent Workplace Fraud

Employers are often stunned to find that a valued employee has been committing workplace fraud, but statistics show that it is often the most trusted employees who steal. Many of these employees are terminated without charges ever being filed, leaving them free to target the next company and trusting employer. Introducing these fraudsters into your […]

Relying on References in the Recruiting Process

When it comes to checking references, a recent survey has revealed surprising insights into just how closely HR leaders rely on the personal referees provided by applicants. Close to two thirds of respondents reported having contacted a referee who did not give positive feedback about the job applicant. In addition, a significant proportion of those […]

Legal Hot Water in Giving a Bad Reference

In cases where an employee’s contract was terminated for performance issues, it is unlikely HR would then provide a positive reference when contacted by any future employers. Yet, according to one workplace lawyer, providing a so-called ‘kiss-of-death’ style reference may be a ticket to legal hot water, including possible accusations of defamation, misrepresentation or an […]

Qualified Privilege for Reference Statements, September 2012

The following 31 states have qualified privilege laws for references provided in good faith: AK, GA, IA, MD, NM, OK, TN, WI, CO, HI, KY, MA, NV, OR, TX, WV, DE, ID, LA, MO, NY, PA, UT, WY, FL, IL, ME, NC, OH, RI, and VA. While some states offer an “absolute” privilege, most offer […]

Hiring Wisdom: Do You Know the Truth About Checking References?

When it comes to checking job applicant references, people who come with great references can turn out to be duds on the job, and people with poor references could very well be great employees. Employers may give bad references on a great person to try to keep the employee onboard, to keep them from taking […]

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