Question: What Can HR Ask References?

Can HR provide a reference?

Your human resources department does not have to give references for former employees.

There is no law that mandates this, and your company cannot get in trouble for refusing to comply with reference requests..

What can you not ask in a reference check?

It is illegal for an employer to give a negative or false employment reference (or refuse to give a reference) because of a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

What kind of questions can an employer ask a reference?

The standard questions you should expect potential employers to ask your references include:“Can you confirm the start and end dates of the candidate’s employment at your company?”“What was the candidate’s job title? Can you briefly explain some of their responsibilities in the role?”“How do you know the candidate?”

Can I refuse to give a reference?

Unless your business is regulated by the Financial Services Authority, generally there is no legal obligation on an employer to provide a reference for an employee or ex-employee and you are entitled to refuse to provide one.

What if my employer won’t give me a reference?

If your old employer doesn’t want to give you a reference, you could ask them just to give a short one – known as a ‘basic reference’. For example, they could confirm when you worked for them and what your job title was. A lot of employers only give basic references, so your new employer won’t think it’s unusual.