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Employment Reference Laws by State

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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State laws may require employers to provide job references for former employees.

Several states have laws requiring that employers provide a job reference to past employees. The shaded states on the map below have laws that may require employers to provide a letter concerning past employment services (known as a "service letter") to a former employee upon his or her request. Click on the shaded states to see a summary of the state's service letter requirements, including the information that the statement should contain so that you are in compliance with state law.

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  1. Alabama - Employment Reference Rules
  2. Alaska - Employment Reference Rules
  3. Arizona - Employment Reference Rules
  4. Arkansas: Employment Reference Rules
  5. California - Employment Reference Rules
  6. Colorado - Employment Reference Rules
  7. Connecticut - Employment Reference Rules
  8. Delaware - Employment Reference Rules
  9. DC Employment Reference Rules
  10. Florida - Employment Reference Rules
  11. Georgia - Employment Reference Rules
  12. Hawaii - Employment Reference Rules
  13. Idaho - Employment Reference Rules
  14. Illinois - Employment Reference Rules
  15. Indiana - Employment Reference Rules
  16. Iowa - Employment Reference Rules
  17. Kansas - Employment Reference Rules
  18. Kentucky - Employment Reference Rules
  19. Louisiana - Employment Reference Rules
  20. Maine - Employment Reference Rules
  21. Maryland - Employment Reference Rules
  22. Massachusetts - Employment Reference Rules
  23. Michigan - Employment Reference Rules
  24. Minnesota - Employment Reference Rules
  25. Mississippi - Employment Reference Rules
  1. Missouri - Employment Reference Rules
  2. Montana - Employment Reference Rules
  3. Nebraska - Employment Reference Rules
  4. Nevada - Employment Reference Rules
  5. New Hampshire - Employment Reference Rules
  6. New Jersey - Employment Reference Rules
  7. New Mexico - Employment Reference Rules
  8. New York - Employment Reference Rules
  9. North Carolina - Employment Reference Rules
  10. North Dakota - Employment Reference Rules
  11. Ohio - Employment Reference Rules
  12. Oklahoma - Employment Reference Rules
  13. Oregon - Employment Reference Rules
  14. Pennsylvania - Employment Reference Rules
  15. Rhode Island - Employment Reference Rules
  16. Puerto Rico - Employment Reference Rules
  17. South Carolina - Employment Reference Rules
  18. South Dakota - Employment Reference Rules
  19. Tennessee - Employment Reference Rules
  20. Texas - Employment Reference Rules
  21. Utah - Employment Reference Rules
  22. Vermont - Employment Reference Rules
  23. Virginia - Employment Reference Rules
  24. Washington - Employment Reference Rules
  25. West Virginia - Employment Reference Rules
  26. Wisconsin - Employment Reference Rules
  27. Wyoming - Employment Reference Rules

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