Q. Is it wrong to ask new hires to sign job offer letters? We ask for a signed copy as part of documenting that they were informed that employment was “at will.” Is this inadvisable? T.U., North Carolina
A. Many employers have unknowingly created legally binding employment contracts by sending written job offer letters to new hires that outline salary, benefits, hours and other employment terms and conditions. As a general rule, all such job-offer letters should include clear and conspicuous employment-at-will disclaimers.
Before having anyone sign an offer letter, get the OK from your attorney, who can best tell you whether signing an offer letter creates any problems in your particular state.