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Hi All,
I would like to know whether the previous employer reveal the remuneration details to the prospective/current employer during the Employee background verification?
Isn\'t there a confidentiality agreement between the employee and employer?

From India, Mumbai
Hello Nashrin,
Can you pl give the REASON(S) for your query?
Better still, pl give the DETAILS of the situation you are in or are referring to.
While there's always a Confidentiality Clause, the purpose & application varies from situation to situation.

From India, Hyderabad
yes if needed your previous employer will reveal the salary details during the background verification check if it is from a authenticated source but not the entire breakup of your salary, only the gross or ctc against the salary statement/break up given by you during the interview. Confidential agreement will not affect in this case, its for a better prospect of an employee.
if you have a wrong statement of your salary, for sure you will be in trouble becuase most of the company's are doing background verification on DOJ, DOL, Dept, Designation, salary and conduct for better understanding.

During BG verification, ex-employer can reveal salary to prospective employer.
Confidential agreement is only for one's activities, know-how and not for the salary, though some offer letters say so.
While recruiting a candidate, most companies ask for photocopy of payslip and candidate is obliged to submit one.
If confidential clause is invoked, candidate can always lie about his salary to prospective employers.

From India, Madras
In our organisation, there is a strict rule that no information on former employees is to be given out to any one without written authorisation from the concerned employee. We follow that rule, not for the sake of confidentiality (there is not confidentiality clause saying that the employer will not disclose salary), but to prevent unscrupulous agencies from getting personal and confidential information about the former employee. Remember that information you have can be used for fraud, identify theft or other unsocial activities.

I would suggest the following :

- Ask the person calling where he is from, get his full details, including the company where he is calling from and whom he represents (keep a record in your file).

- Ask him for a copy of the authorisation given to him to do the background check.

We do not accept :

- Letter from the new employer to the Background Checker to do the BGC

- Copy of application for job

- Copy of experience letter we have issued.

We ask for specific authorisation from the FORMER EMPLOYEE to do the BGC

All the large companies where our former employees have gone have a practice of getting a specific written authorisation from the new employee to do a BGC. This they scan and send to us, we check the signature with our records and then only answer the questions we have.

From India, Mumbai
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