Here’s the thing: Whether you’re a boss or a colleague, from time to time your colleagues may indicate your name and contact information as a reference when they seek a new job.

Normally it would be a no brainer, right? Give a professional recommendation when asked.

Well, it’s not that easy when employers have policies that basically say you can’t be a reference. According to a piece in today’s New York Post, they’re essentially designed to help avoid litigation in case the former employee sues. (That is mainly because everyone doesn’t always give glowing, positive references.) Read more