New guidance on references has been published by employment relations body, Acas.
This guidance sets out a number of useful points for both employers and employees relating to the provision of references, including:
the circumstances in which an employer is required to provide a reference;
what a reference can include;
whether there are occasions when an employer can give a bad reference; and
the options available to job applicants who are unhappy with references provided.
A copy of the guidance can be found on the Acas website.