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Your right to receive a reference letter
When an employee resigns, they’re entitled to receive a written reference letter.
The Working Environment Act § 15-15 (1) stipulates that an employee who resigns after giving legal notice is to be given a written reference letter from their employer. This reference must include the employee’s name, date of birth, work tasks and length of employment.
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The requirement to include an employee’s work tasks involves more than just writing their job title.
The purpose of a reference letter is to provide documentation of the work an employee has performed along with a description of their work tasks (if applicable).
An employee may also demand to be given a reference letter if they’ve been terminated. In this case an employer may include in their reference letter the fact that the employee has been terminated.
If you’re having a problem getting your employer to give you a reference letter, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible.