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6/2/2020 2:34:59 PM
Posted: 1/8/2005 8:44:41 PM EDT
My son, a recent college grad, has been applying for jobs.  One employer has asked if it ok to contact his current employer.   Does he answer yes or no?  He does not want to risk his present job.  This is a yes or no question on the on- line app/resume submission, with no opportunity to explain.
Link Posted: 1/8/2005 8:55:07 PM EDT
The answer is no... any prospective employer will understand.  
Link Posted: 1/8/2005 9:48:35 PM EDT
+1 on the "no".  Besides, if they play by the rules (fear of lawsuit) the present employer would refuse to answer any questions.  

One exception would be a specific, personal, reference.  As in, someone at the present employer who will disregard policy, say nice things, and not rat him out.  

Link Posted: 1/8/2005 10:37:41 PM EDT
No is not a problem.  

However the "rules" are changing.  Many employers are moving to the more rational and at least for now becoming more legally sustainable of providing more than minimum information.  Several court cases have found that failure to provide accurate information  about known dangerous employees or ex-employees is at least civilly liable.  Example, an employee is fired for workplace violence or several instances of workplace violence , and the "reference" is neutral or doesn't reveal the accurate information and the person later commits crimes and a reasonable person/jury can conclude he would not have been hired if accurate information was provided.  This does not necessarily apply in all states, etc  And too many HR groups are horrendously timid.  Basically providing accurate information even if detrimental is not the minefield it used to be, but it better be accurate.

Another note, the Federal Government has required that Defense Contractor employers provide accurate information on employees who were corrupt in the procurement areas for almost 20 years now.
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