When former employees ask for references

Authored by hrsimple
February 7th, 2018


When former employees ask for references, you should: a.) go all Chatty Cathy, b.) reference EvilHRLady, or c.) channel Darth Vader and "deal with them" yourself.

Suzanne Lucas (aka Evil HR Lady) asked six labor and employment lawyers, including our authors at Constangy, and shared them in the inc.com article. Here is some of what she heard:

  • avoid them
  • be aware of legal obligations
  • scratch my back and I'll scratch yours
  • know the code
  • ad hoc is not a policy
  • be honest

Federal complete

The 2018 Federal Pro HR Library includes six hard-copy books and online access to Employee Benefits — An Employer's Guide, Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual, An Employer's Guide to FMLA and ADA, Hiring Firing and Discipline Manual, Wages and Hours — An Employer's Guide and Employment Verification: Immigration, Form I-9, and E-Verify.

These six publications will help you answer questions such as: