A verification of employment letter is a letter confirming someone’s current or former employment status with an employer.
Employees sometimes need these letters for future employment, a mortgage or credit application, or a rental application.
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There is nothing wrong with verifying that the information an applicant has provided you is truthful and so it is acceptable to ask about performance, reasons for leaving, normal working hours, skills you are concerned the prospective employee may have exaggerated, etc., to see if anything was mis-represented.
Not all former employers will answer all the questions on your form, but it cannot hurt to have them there.These letters are sometimes also needed for insurance reasons, or by government agencies in wage garnishment situations.Contents: In general, an employment verification letter will include: Occasionally the request for the letter will ask for more information, for example, employment history, the address in the employee’s file, salary growth and/or an assessment of job performance.However, be careful not to stray into impermissible inquiries like questions about the employee’s health status.It’s a good idea to prepare a standard form you will use for all employment verification requests and then have a lawyer review it to make sure there are no red flags.Request from a Prospective New Employer: If you are seeking to verify the employment of someone you are considering hiring, you may want to go further with your request.Verification of past employment is an essential part of applicant screening, and many prospective employers prefer to do this using a letter rather than over the phone.It’s important to ensure that prospective employees have given you accurate information.Human resources professionals will tell you that many people inflate their background and salaries in seeking new employment.If the company has an HR department, that is where the request should be directed.If you are a current employee, check with your HR department about the process.