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Old 11-12-2011, 11:19 AM
 
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When a future possible employer is checking my past work history and why I am no longer employed by my most recent past employer, how much detailed information will my past employer most likely supply? I actually stopped working under the Family Medical Leave program because of job burn out, stress and concern about some medical issues and was not able to return to my job after the 12 weeks. Will my ex-exployer give such a detailed answer? Thank-You.
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:03 PM
 
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When a future possible employer is checking my past work history and why I am no longer employed by my most recent past employer, how much detailed information will my past employer most likely supply? I actually stopped working under the Family Medical Leave program because of job burn out, stress and concern about some medical issues and was not able to return to my job after the 12 weeks. Will my ex-exployer give such a detailed answer? Thank-You.
I believe, legally, all they can tell someone is that you worked there during the dates given. They can also ask if they would re-hire, and that's the key right there.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that's all that can be asked.

I would recommend if there was a co-worker or someone at your previous position that you did projects for and were on good terms with, leave them as your reference. If they are specifically asking for a manager, you can have the option of not giving them the information, or giving them permission not to contact. Just depends on the employer.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:54 AM
 
Location: NJ
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My experience has been that the dates of employemnet are the only info a past employer may legally give.

Keep in mind many industries are inbred with circulating workforce. Think of it as professional sports where one guy plays for 5 teams. That situation means you probably can't apply for a job where someone doesn't know you or your reputation.

God knows what and where companies look these days to check out a prospective employee.

While age discrimination is not allowed, CV/resume gurus always recommend you leave off dates where possible to hide your age.

Apparently some dumbazz hairbrained philospohy du jour has overtaken the workplace which excludes people who have been retired or unemployed for long periods of time. The comeback is people have lost their skills. Well if that isn't prejudiced thinking. All those years of hawking diversity and apparently the concept has been lost on the biggest companies.

Good luck!
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Lakewood, NJ
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True the only "hard" facts an ex-employer can legally give is the dates you worked (and I also believe they can confirm your position as well). The law is that they cannot say anything defamatory but they can give praise. All bosses I have worked for/been friends with always say the same thing when it comes to recommendations: If they call a previous employer and all they get is "so and so worked here from ___ to ____" they take that as a negative. I'm pretty sure that's commonplace. And there are employers who will give "bad" references, even thought legally they are not supposed to. How can you really ever prove it?
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Epping,NH
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True the only "hard" facts an ex-employer can legally give is the dates you worked (and I also believe they can confirm your position as well). The law is that they cannot say anything defamatory but they can give praise.

Don't know where you got that but it is incorrect.

http://labor-employment-law.lawyers....eferences.html
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, NJ
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Don't know where you got that but it is incorrect.

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Sorry. That's what my former boss told me (someone was looking for a reference on an ex-employee who was less than stellar and he said he could not legally say anything bad about her). This was in NY so I don't know if it's different or not. Or perhaps he had the information wrong and hence, I had the information wrong.
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