The Scoop Behind Reference Checks & Employee Rights

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’re interviewing and curious about what your current employer can dish to your future employer during a reference check, listen up.

Overall, your only right as an employee is for an employer to not make slanderous statements. If you’re currently negotiating a settlement with your current employer, then by all means the employer must oblige by that agreement.

According to The New York Post, some employers may rely on a “no reference” policy. Essentially, they’ll only say yes or no as to whether or not you worked there and in what capacity. Most companies do this out of fear of litigation but HR executive and columnist Gregory Giangrande writes:

“That fear is generally unwarranted as millions of bosses have ‘off the record’ conversations about former employees with potential employers regularly without an issue. Letters of reference are useless in business and are only relevant for students applying to college.”

But if you’re leaving your current employer on not-so-great terms, it can only help you to get something in writing for the company to say so there’s a script “and no misunderstanding.”