When Giving References, How Truthful Can You Be?

Source: Lisa Nagele-Piazza, HR Magazine, Vol. 63 no. 3, April 2018
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Be aware of your rights and responsibilities under state law.

Let’s be real: The employment relationship doesn’t always end on a positive note. So what can HR professionals lawfully say when they’re asked to vouch for a former—perhaps even infamous—employee as part of a reference check? Can they share that someone was fired or a poor performer? 

The answer is usually yes, as long as you’re being truthful—but be aware of your rights and responsibilities under state law…..