Step by Step Procedure in Hiring a Non-Academic Employee
Lita C. Wallace
External Access: 29812
Many companies have found it necessary to stop giving out information on former employees because of their fear of legal action. However, it is critical that you at least make the attempt to check the references, and keep careful written records of having done so.
The employer is responsible for actions of any individuals doing reference checking. An employer may not request any information about a job applicant from a previous employer, family member, or other source that it may not itself request of the job applicant. In other words, you may not inquire as to the candidate's age, health, sexual orientation, etc.
It is the responsibility of the hiring authority to conduct reference checks on the final candidate(s) they are considering to hire. The time it takes to conduct reference checks is nominal compared to the time, cost and consequence of hiring the wrong person for the position.