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Beware making verbal promises

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Employers that make verbal promises of workplace job security in order to lure job applicants or retain employees leave themselves open to claims of breach of an implied employment contract. Restrictions must be placed on all oral communications so promises don't turn into contracts.

1. Can an employer be held to oral promises made during the hiring interview to entice prospective employees?

Statements made to entice a prospective employee have been used as fodder for breach of contract claims. Don't allow statements meant to entice to be misinterpreted as employment promises by taking the following steps for a balanced approach.

  • Lay out the essential terms of your employment relationship with a prospective employee.
  • Make sure it contains language to the effect that "no other promises or representations have been made."
  • Avoid including the following kinds of statements:
    • After one year of satisfactory job pe...(register to read more)

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