Reference letters not so risky

Many employers are afraid to say too much, but nobody’s ever been successfully sued in Canada for a bad reference
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/29/2009

In the vast majority of cases, there is absolutely no reason for an employer not to provide a positive letter of reference for a dismissed employee, despite the fact many organizations have official or unofficial policies against doing so. In many cases, the policy is either not to provide anything at all or just to provide a confirmation of employment — commonly known as the “name, rank and serial number” letter.