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BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 21 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:S3-7208
  • Employers giving references must “exercise care and skill” in ensuring that it is factually accurate, and there is a civil duty to ensure that they are “full and frank,” though no absolute requirement for this to be so, according to a report Industrial Relations Law Bulletin (1999;621:13-4) The case in point centred around a council employee who resigned after an accusation of financial misconduct. Later he asked his former employer for a reference, who mentioned the circumstances of his resignation in his reference, losing him the job. In this case the Appeal Court backed the employer: but in doing so made it clear that a reference that was unfair or inaccurate would have economic consequences.

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