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Should my employer provide me with a reference when I leave the company?

Your employer must indeed provide you with a reference when you ask for it.
Your employer should mention the following in the reference:
  • startdate and enddate of your contract;
  • how many hours you worked per day or per week;
  • what kind of work you have done.
He must also sign the reference.
If you want, you can ask your employer to mention in the reference how you have done your work and why and how your contract ended. Your employer is not allowed to mention this on his own initiative but only on your request. Do not request it when you suspect that your employer may leave negative comments in the reference which would make it useless for future job applications.
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