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It is fairly common for employers to be asked to provide references in respect of former employees. It is trite law that, in such a situation, employers owe a duty of care to their former employees in providing these references to the prospective employer. However, the standard of care to be exercised by the employer had not previously been considered by the Singapore Court of Appeal.

In a recent decision, the Singapore Court of Appeal (the CA) clarified the test for determining the standard of care owed by employers when providing such references in respect of a former employee. This client alert provides a summary of the CA's decision and explores the implications of the judgment for employers.

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