Employers warned over job references
need to be cautious when disclosing information about employees to potential employers, workplace lawyers warn.
They say providing an employment reference is a normal step in the recruitment process but it can lead to claims of misrepresentation, defamation and invasion of privacy from the former employee.
Harmers Workplace Lawyers senior associate Peter Ferraro says there is a fine line between providing too much or not enough information about a candidate’s skills, previous experience and ability.
He says referees should stick to the basic facts, especially i f providing an unfavourable reference.