Spotlight on references and probationary periods

2014-05-12 Jennifer Renney-Butland posted:

Two recent surveys have highlighted the risk of candidates providing fake references and the fact that a large number of staff fail their probationary periods. This suggests that employers may need to review their procedures for checking references and for assessing probationary periods.

The Federation of Small Businesses and BBC1's Fake Britain worked together on a survey of 1,800 small firms and found that nearly one in five (17%) had discovered candidates with fraudulent references. According to an article in The Telegraph, another recent survey by Spring Personnel has found that almost one in five new employees fail to get past their probationary period or have their time on trial extended. Poor performance and absence were the most common reasons for a failure to pass.

Renney and Co Solicitors can offer employers an overview of the issues surrounding references and probationary periods. We can advise you on what you should be aware of when recruiting, what happens if a new employee makes a false or negligent misstatement in their application, and how company policies and procedures can be designed protect businesses during probationary periods. For this and more employment law advice affecting your business, contact us today for a no obligation discussion on 01225 632240 or at info@renneyandco.com.

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