|

Kansas References: What you need to know

To deal with employers' reluctance to provide information about former employees, a number of states have enacted laws “immunizing” employers against employee claims over such disclosures. The protections provided by these immunity laws are from claims for defamation of character--libel and slander. Kansas is among the states that have enacted reference immunity laws. Under Kansas law, employers are granted absolute and unconditional immunity for written or verbal disclosures of an employee's or former employee's:
For a Limited Time receive a FREE HR Report on the "Critical HR Recordkeeping”.  This exclusive special report covers hiring records, employment relationships, termination records, litigation issues, electronic information issues, tips for better recordkeeping, and a list of legal requirements.  Download Now
• Dates of employment;
• Pay level;
• Job description and duties; and
• Wage history.
Employers are also entitled to absolute immunity when they respond in writing to a written request from a prospective new employer by providing the following information about a current or former employee:
• Written employee evaluations conducted before the employee's separation from the employer (note that the employee must be given a copy of the evaluation on request); and
• Information regarding whether the employee was voluntarily or involuntarily released from service and the reasons for the separation (KS Stat. Sec. 44-119a).
All other disclosures to prospective employers are covered by “qualified immunity"; that is, they are presumed to be made in good faith, and no such disclosure may be made the basis for a lawsuit unless the employee shows that false statements were made with actual malice (Dominguez v. Davidson, 974 P.2d 112 (Kan. 1999)).
Employers in Kansas can therefore feel comfortable responding to reference requests provided that they follow the established guidelines. However, as a precautionary measure, employers who give references should insist on a written authorization ...

>> Read more about References

More on this topic:

State Requirements

National | Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming |

Kansas References Resources

References Products

Environmental Compliance in [Your State]
Avoid difficult state compliance problems. Here is all the plain-English help you need to stay in compliance with the environmental laws in your state. Arranged by topic, this easy to use resource explains how to comply with state regulations, and highlights any differences from federal. Includes regular updates and monthly newsletter."
Environmental Manager's Compliance Advisor Newsletter
This practical newsletter is your best practice advisor to the latest in environmental compliance. You get helpful strategies on all critical EPA topics – from how to handle inspections to SPCC plans to waste minimization. "
Hiring and Recruiting Webinar Recording
BLR Webinar: "The 9 Deadly Sins of Hiring and Recruiting: How to Avoid These Common–and Costly–Mistakes""
Guide to Mold Management - PDF Version
Protect against the harmful effects of mold, fungi, and mycotoxins with this practical guide. You get practical, step-by-step guidelines for ensuring a healthy, mold-free workplace. Download now!"
Guide to Mold Management
Protect your workplace against the harmful effects of mold, fungi, and mycotoxins - and subsequent liability. This new 200 page guide offers practical, step-by-step guidelines for ensuring a healthy, mold-free workplace."
Free Special Reports
Get Your FREE HR Management Special Report. Download Any One Of These FREE Special Reports, Instantly!
Featured Special Report
Claim Your Free Copy of Critical HR Recordkeeping

Record retention is complex and time consuming. However, in addition to complying with various federal and state laws, keeping good, well-organized records can be very helpful in documenting and supporting an organization’s employment actions.
Download Now!


This special report will discuss how you can ensure your records are in good order, and establish a record-retention policy.

Topics covered:
1. Hiring Records
2. Employment Relationships
3. Termination Records
4. Litigation Issues
5. Electronic Information Issues
6. Tips for Better Recordkeeping
7. A List of Legal Requirements

Make sure you have the information you need to know to keep your records in order.