Employers are often asked to provide written letters of reference for employees. There is no legal obligation on the employer to provide letters of reference. However, if the employee’s performance has been satisfactory and if the employer is willing, it is an exercise in good diplomacy to provide a reference. While this can take the form of a letter some employers prefer to provide verbal references.
This letter of reference document assumes the employer has been very pleased with the employee’s performance. In practice, not all employees would merit such glowing praise. It therefore is important to customise each letter of recommendation to accurately reflect the employer’s opinion of the employee’s performance.
This document has been authored for Lexis Nexis and is authorised by Brooke Pendlebury, Principal, Pendlebury Workplace Law, Sydney and Elise Margow, Principal, Legally Speaking.
This document is prepared with the assistance of Specialist Editor Justine Turnbull, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia.