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Reference Check Verification of Employment Policy

How to Address Employment References and Verification of Employment


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All employment reference check inquiries from current or former employees, prospective employers of current or former employees or other organizations should be directed to Human Resources for an official company response. Under no circumstances is any other employee authorized to provide a written or official employment reference for the company.

All requests for employment references or employment verification must contain the employee's or former employee’s signature authorizing the release of information. When the signature is present, generally, your company releases this information about current and former employees:

  • whether the individual is currently employed at Your Company,
  • the employee’s current or last job title,
  • the dates of employment at Your Company, and
  • the current or final salary paid to the employee.

Depending on the circumstances of the request, and input from the past or current employee, the company might release salary history, job title history, and whether the company would rehire the employee.

Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the President of (Your Company).

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