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Question:"We give all redundant employees a good reference in order to help them get alternative employment. Is this safe?"
No, this is dangerous. You must not mislead the reader of a reference either by what you include or what you miss out. If you omit to mention that, for example, the ex-employee was a poor performer, the next employer might sue you for damages. Far better all round is for you to promise to give a reference on request from a potential employer and then comment honestly.
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