Delaware employers are immune from being sued for providing (honest) information to a reference request. The State law gives employers extra incentive to actually respond to such checks with more than name, rank, and serial number. And that’s a good thing.
Reference checks are an essential hiring tool for most employers. Hiring managers often complain about the lack of disclosure they receive in response to their reference requests. And it’s estimated that up to one-third of all resumes contain inaccurate information. One British organization has found their own solution to often-restricted access to information about job applicants.
In Britain, an employer association has taken some creative steps to address what most be some serious headaches in the reference-check system. The organization is creating a National Staff Dismissal Register that will consist of an encrypted list of high-risk employees, identifying employees who were discharged for dishonesty or for damaging their employer’s property, for example.
Member companies will be able to search the list by name, address, birth date, previous employer and national insurance number. The list is expected to be usable by the end of the month.
Employee and human rights organization advocates worry that employees may find themselves unable to obtain work because, unbeknownst to them, they are on the list because of false accusations or errors, with no way to be certain and no appeal. Employers, on the other hand, look forward to the possibility of reducing losses due to employee theft and negligence.
If they were in Delaware, of course, they might find that such extremes are unnecessary. The full text of the Delaware statute (19 Del. C. Sec. 709) is available on the State of Delaware’s website.
[H/T: Workplace Prof Blog]
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