References >> Guidance


Employers owe a 'duty of care' to provide staff with fair and accurate references. This section will help you decide what to include. 

You'll also find information on how to go about obtaining references for job applicants.


This factsheet by the CIPD provides a fairly thorough discussion of the key implications to consider in collecting and providing references for members of staff.


Workers leaving: the basics

Business Link gives a brief overview of the considerations to make when writing a reference for an employee or past member of staff.

References and job offers

Directgov explains employee's rights and employer's duties with regards to providing references for a member of staff.

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