The Top 7 employment law myths

  • There are commonly held employment law misconceptions.
  • This article dispels the Top 7 employment myths
  • Warning — this article may contain surprises!

Many people believe that giving a ‘bad’ reference is somehow against the law.

Employment law myth #1: It’s illegal to give a bad reference

In fact, there is no general obligation at law to give an employee (or former employee) any sort of reference — good or bad.

Where the law might intervene (for example in an action in defamation) would possibly be if an employer provided a deliberately dishonest or misleading reference which caused some harm to the employee.

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