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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - References policy
    References policyEvery employer is asked for a reference at some stage. But how should you respond - if indeed you choose to respond at all? How should you give the reference? What sort of detail should it contain? Our policy provides the answers.ReferencesMany employers get hung up on the whole issue of giving references - given the ease with which many applicants and ex-employees will issue tribunal or civil court proceedings, it's hardly surprising. In truth however, if you follow some basic rules and are...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Character reference questionnaire
    Character reference questionnaireIt's advisable to take up at least two written references in relation to a prospective employee and three is even better.  Use our character reference request to seek a non-work-related personal reference.Of previous good character?Always ensure you seek at least two written references, one of which should be from a previous employer, preferably their current or most recent. It's usual for the other reference to be a character reference, ideally given by someone who has known...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - References consent form
    References consent formOur references consent form enables the prospective employee to provide the names and contact details of their referees and then asks them to sign a consent to secure the release of references from their referees. For future referenceAlways take up references, regardless of how ideal for the job a prospective employee appears to be. It's not unknown for candidates to lie on applications forms or at interview or to have overstated their abilities. Seek at least two written references (three...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Reference request
    Reference requestAlways take up references, regardless of how "perfect" for the job a prospective employee appears to be. It's not unknown for candidates to lie on application forms or at interview or to have overstated their abilities. Use our reference request to seek a reference from a previous employer.For future referenceAlways ensure you seek at least two written references, one of which should be from a previous employer, preferably their current or most recent employer. If this is the new employee's...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Pre-employment checklist
    Pre-employment checklist This checklist may be used where a job offer has been accepted to assist in checking that any pre-conditions and checks have been satisfied or carried out and lists the main things to think about when a new employee starts their job with you.   Practical considerationsSee also our New Starter Checklist for further practical matters that you'll need to consider.
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Reference reply
    Reference replyIf you're asked to provide a reference to a future employer for an employee or ex-employee, consider providing a basic reference only using our reference reply. This limits your exposure to possible negligence claims.Provision of referencesFirstly, there is no general legal obligation on you to provide any employee with a reference. In fact, it's often safer not to do. However, since a refusal to do so is likely to prejudice the employee's ability to secure alternative employment, at least think...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Letter declining a reference
    Letter declining a referenceAny reference you provide about an ex-employee must be a true, fair and accurate reflection of that individual. But - as the motto goes - if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all! This approach protects your position. At the same time, when declining a request, you must pick your words carefully. Our letter will keep you safe. Reference requests As a matter of good practice, many prospective employers request references on job applicants; some even make their offers...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Making an offer and taking up references
    Making an offer and taking up referencesHaving identified the successful candidate, an offer needs to be made and the potential employee must be checked out by taking up references to ensure that everything is in order.
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