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if u had an employee......

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by bobbygedd, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    say u had an employee, and after, say 6 months, he just fizzled out, and quit without notice . a couple months later, he applies for a job elsewhere. he fills out the aplication, and lists you as one of his former employers. the possible future employer calls you, and , asks questions. what will you tell this possible future employer?
  2. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    That exactly... Is there more to this than meets the eye?
  3. dougmartin2003

    dougmartin2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    well if he was a good working i would give him a good word, i will not lie to anyone for any reason
  4. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,552

    in this litigious society in which we live, I would give dates of employment only and if asked if I would rehire, I would say no. "company policy doesn't allow divulging any further information"
  5. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    good answer
  6. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    Same here we only accept a reference request by mail or fax and I have a form from my lawyer that I mail or fax back. The only thing it lists is the dates of employment.
  7. XMT&RCV

    XMT&RCV LawnSite Member
    from 28532
    Messages: 35

    For all of you who didn't know this, listen up!

    You cannot and I repeat cannot offer anything negative about a previous employee.. no matter how rude, irresponsible or cluts they were... it will come back to haunt you.. There is a thing called defamation of character and it can cost you. You may only say yes or no to the inquiring employers questions. There are 2 ways around this... 1. you can say that you wouldn't hire this person again. 2. Inform them that they are asking the wrong questions.. hint hint... it sux I know..

    Quoting:grass-scapes "company policy doesn't allow it"
  8. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    ^That's right. It is illegal.
  9. Branchland

    Branchland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    I'd just tell the truth. The dates he worked for me, if he was a hard/good worker, if he was on time. Then just tell them that he quit coming to work on such and such date. That's not negative, just the truth.
  10. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    Unfortunately the truth can land you in a courtroom very quick.

    Give the dates of employment and thats it. You cannot risk giving out anything else. Its a tough thing to do. Ive had many previous employees that left in such a negative way and I know would love to cause me problems, but I still hold back and only provide that information.

    It amazes me that some people actually put me down as an employment reference.

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