• References - Legal Issues

  • Legal Issues: References

    While there are no federal or state laws that require employers or educational institutions to provide references for individuals, most do provide them. The key for reference providers is to know what information should and can be disclosed, and what legal ramifications arise as a result of improper disclosures.

    How to Write Reference Letters

    The employment reference, or recommendation, has traditionally been considered an important part of the college recruiting process. Career services directors encourage, and in many cases require, that graduating students include reference letters in their credential/employment files as further documentation of their credentials, motivation, and overall employment skills. Employers, on the other hand, often review reference letters and conduct reference checks to verify a graduate's background and qualifications.

    Sample Employer Reference Letter


    A sample employer reference letter that may be printed and personalized to suit NACE member needs.


    Sample Faculty Reference Letter


    Sample Faculty Reference Letter Dear [Name of Employer]: This reference letter is provided at the written request of [name of student], who has asked me to serve as a reference on [his/her] behalf. It is my understanding that [name of student] is being considered by your organization for the position of [job title].


References - Legal Issues