Is there a timeframe that previous employers have to submit information to a prospective employer?

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Is there a timeframe that previous employers have to submit information to a prospective employer?

I was offered a job, physician assistant at a hospital. It requires that I am credentialed with them before I can start working. Part of the credentialing process is previous employment verification and evaluation. I have only had 1 previous employer and she has not returned the evaluation portion of paperwork. The current job will not allow me to start until they have the evaluation and I am approved. It has been 5 weeks since she recieved the forms.

Asked on November 28, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Utah

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

A previous employer is NOT required to submit information to a prospective employer. Therefore, there is no timeframe, unfortunately; your prior employer may legally refuse to respond or help you (or simply delay too long), even if that costs you this job opportunity, and there is nothing you can do to force them to respond or seek compensation if they do not.


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