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Is A Job Reference Really a Reference? Addressing Employer Name, Rank, and Serial Number Policies through Job Reference Immunity Legislation

@inproceedings{Elder2007IsAJ,
  title={Is A Job Reference Really a Reference? Addressing Employer Name, Rank, and Serial Number Policies through Job Reference Immunity Legislation},
  author={Bruce Elder and Sara Gerdes},
  year={2007}
}
Many employers are reluctant to provide detailed reference information about former employees because they fear being sued for defamation. To avoid liability, employers have implemented what are commonly known as name, rank, and serial number (NRS) policies that provide minimal information about former employees. This makes it very difficult for potential employers to obtain reliable and relevant information about past job performance of applicants. Forty states have recognized the detrimental… 

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