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How do oral promises affect an ‘Employment contract’?

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Q. Do oral promises my employer made during my job interview or during my employment constitute part of my contract of employment?

A. In general, the answer is no. However, in some very limited circumstances, an employer could create a contract by an employee’s reasonable reliance on promises made during an employment interview.

Therefore, everyone who interviews candidates on behalf of an employer should be careful to refrain from making any promises regarding the employment relationship. In particular, they should refrain from saying anything that could be interpreted as promising something other than at-will employment (the concept that either the company or the employee can terminate the employment agreement at any time for any reason, with or without notice).

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