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HR technology firm refero has today (21st January 2008) launched a ‘best practice’ guide to employee references, to help organisations reduce their exposure to legal action, and reduce costs.

The refero ‘Good Referencing Guide’, published in association with legal experts Field Seymour Parkes, tells organisations of all sizes and types how to manage their references efficiently and effectively, thus speeding up access to references for third parties, reducing administration costs, preventing reference fraud, and reducing exposure to legal action.

refero Managing Director, Henry Chuks, says that the area of preparing and managing references can be a minefield for the non-expert, which is why his firm has prepared the guide – as a useful free reference manual for HR staff, and for line managers.

“Employers run the risk of legal action when they prepare references for departing employees that are inaccurate, misleading and/or motivated by malice, and such legal action can costs employers thousands, not to mention the damage to their reputation.”

The refero Good Referencing Guide outlines the impact of all relevant legislation on the referencing process, the accepted ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of preparing referencings, and how new technology can help in reducing costs and preventing reference fraud.

Helen Reynolds, Acting Chief Executive Officer for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, is supportive of refero’s work in this area:

"References are a key element of the recruitment process, and it is important to get them right. Initiatives like the Refero Good Referencing Guide help to ensure that employers understand best practice in this vital area."

To download a free copy of the refero Good Referencing Guide, visit

For more information contact Paul Hewitt on 07792 930980 or email

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