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06/21/13
Offer letter. Important considerations
Filed under: Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 5:14 am

Al Sklover brought up serious and relevant items in his
blog column about the importance and legal interpretations
in an offer letter
for a position.

1.  A signed, dated offer letter is a legal contract between
an organization and an employee. 

2.  What is stated in the letter and what is unstated about
the terms and conditions is important, including:
“at will” employment, contractual arrangements, deliverables,
probationary periods, what happens after the probationary
period, salary, starting date, position title, benefits
starting date and more. 

3.  A restatement of terms might be in order if items are
specifically negotiated and agreed before signing.

4.  Punctuation inside the cover letter can allow different
interpretations.  So, multiple reading can be important.

Al offers valuable checklists for those interested in
details.

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