Q. Can I rely on verbal promises made by my employer during my interview, or during my employment as forming part of my contract of employment?
A. Unless you have a written contract, the answer is generally no. In some very limited circumstances, an employer could create a contract by an employee’s reasonable reliance on promises made during an employment interview or during employment.
Therefore, all employees who interview candidates on behalf of an employer should be careful to refrain from making any promises regarding the employment relationship. In particular, they should not say anything that could be interpreted as promising that an individual will be employed for a certain length of time or that is otherwise inconsistent with the concept of at-will employment.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- Tempted to give negative reference? Watch out!
- Philadelphia limits questions on criminal records
- Workplace violence: Hope for the best but plan for the worst
- HR as mobsters: Supreme Court lets workers use organized-Crime law to sue their employers