Can You Legally Retract an Offer of Employment?
Businesses can legally retract an employment offer depending on the type of job offer that was made and the timing of the proposal. During the negotiation phase, companies have the right to absolve the offer should the candidate disagree with the finer details of the employment contract.
However, if the new employee has already agreed to the offer’s terms and conditions, then there are specific legal consequences attached to the company’s revocation of the position.
When a candidate accepts employment, they are considered an employee of the business, even if they have not yet worked any hours. In this case, a retraction of the offer is equal to being fired. The new employee is therefore entitled to the same compensation as any other employee.
If the employer is found to have breached the employment contract, providing neither notice nor reason for revocation, the employee can seek damages. Such a case can be seen as wrongful dismissal, causing the business to provide remuneration to the employee as pay in lieu, which typically covers three-months of wages.
Even in cases where there is a probation period attached to the contract, whereby a business has the right to terminate the new employee for any reason, in that period, companies can face reparations. If the new employee doesn't have the chance to start the contract, then the business can't use the probation period as an excuse for rescinding the contract.