I am resigning from my current post and want to ensure that I get a reasonable reference from my employer. How should I do this?

It is always worth parting on good terms with an employer so as not to run the risk of prejudicing any future reference they may be asked to provide on your behalf. There is no legal obligation on the employer to provide a reference. An employer may refuse to supply a reference and some have a policy of only providing a reference with very basic information (eg. To confirm dates of employment, job title and reason for leaving) some employers have a policy of not providing a reference at all. What is clear is that, when the employers do provide references, they have duty of care both to the former employee and to the prospective employer. This extends to providing an accurate reference, otherwise they may be sued for negligence. This may be used an excuse by an employer not to provide a reference.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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