Acas have just released new guidance on employment references.
Tom Neil, an Acas Senior Adviser, said:
"The job market can be very competitive so it is vitally important for job applicants and employers to know what the legal requirements are around work references.
The guidance covers matters such as:
- what a reference must include
- whether or not a reference must be provided
- whether an employer can give a bad reference
- problems with references
- job offers and references
The full guidance can be accessed here: http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5072