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Employment Offer: Ohio

Employment Offer requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stanley Weiner and E. Michael Rossman, Jones Day


  • Employment offers may be oral or written. See Making an Employment Offer.
  • If an employer intends to create an at-will employment relationship, any offer letter should include a clear statement that employment will be on an at-will basis. See Making an Employment Offer.
  • The offer should identify any conditions that the employee must meet prior to the commencement of employment. See Conditional Employment Offers.
  • If the employment offer is contingent upon the employee passing a medical examination, the employer must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Ohio Administrative Code. See Conditional Employment Offers.
  • If an employer needs to withdraw an employment offer, the employer should act as promptly as possible to reduce the potential exposure to liability of a detrimental reliance claim by the prospective employee. See Withdrawal of the Employment Offer.