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Promoting Employment Reference Quality

Position: NCCBI supports the giving and receiving of complete employment references between employers and prospective employers.

Explanation: NCCBI applauds the 1997 action of the General Assembly which instituted protection for employers sharing truthful, complete employment references. However, we remain concerned that the current law does not offer enough protection to address the concerns of employers who are increasingly wary of providing job references to other employers. The fear of litigation over slander and libel prompt most employers to provide only the barest information. These "neutral references" (dates of employment and job title held) do nothing to help the laid-off worker prove their skills and qualifications for a new job. Neutral references also mask serious problems which are relevant at the new job site, including past violent acts and drug policy violations.

NCCBI supports legislation providing absolute immunity for employers sharing truthful employment references.

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