12 May 2015

Have we seen the end of references?

People Management

In an article discussing the demise of references in light of case law and convention in People Management, Carl Richards, Employment partner at King & Wood Mallesons, discusses what led to this drastic decline. Carl said: “The single biggest factor driving the move towards more basic references was probably the change to the data protection laws in 1998.”

Later in the article, Carl also concluded that references are a thing of the past, steeped in tradition. He said: “We should be wary of nostalgia. References hark back to a different era when the business world was based on the old boys’ network and personal endorsements. The HR arsenal of recruitment tools has become broader and more science-based.”

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