Hi, what information can HR give out when they get a call from the future employer (in California)? Can they give out the current salary and the information why somebody was fired?
Having never lived in California (and truthfully, hoping to never live in California), I have little knowledge of California laws. So, these are general principles, which will, hopefully, be helpful.
To my knowledge, there is no law that dictates what a company can and cannot say about a former employee. Theoretically, they could give details about your termination. In practice, one too many employee has sued because of a bad reference and few companies divulge that information. Most HR departments, when asked, will confirm dates of service and last title.
Note that I said confirm. This means that if I call up and say, “When did John Doe work for you and what was his title?” they won’t answer. But, if I say, “I’m doing a reference check on John Doe. I have that he worked for you from June of 1998 to August 2006 and that his last job title was Sr. Director, New Products. Is that correct?” They’ll either say, “yes” or “no.”
But, the real answer to your question is, if you want to know what a former company will say about you, then call them up and ask. You can say, “This is John Doe and I want to know what you would say about me in a reference check.” Or, you can just say you are checking references for John Doe. Go ahead and ask, “why did he leave?” They’ll either answer or say, “we don’t release that information.”
But, I get the sense that you are hoping to be able to lie about why your employment was unceremoniously terminated. Don’t. It will come back to bite you. I promise. The business world is surprisingly small. Any lie you make will be exposed. Do not risk it. Just, don’t.
As for dollar amounts, most companies won’t reveal salary information (see above). However, as a warning, some companies require W2s from your previous job. I guess it saves them the phone calls.
So, call and ask, but don’t lie.