What terms should be included in a written job offer?

Author: Melanie J. Perez-Vellios, VP Group LLC

To best protect an employer, a written job offer should clearly and concisely set forth the key terms relating to the job offer and prospective employment. These terms include:

  • Identification of the parties;
  • Job title;
  • Job description;
  • Starting salary (but do not state for a specific length of time);
  • Start date;
  • Working hours;
  • Any preconditions to hiring;
  • Any restrictive covenants; and
  • Deadline to respond to the offer.

If applicable, the employer should also include a reference to related documents (e.g., employee manual/handbook) and a statement that the employment is at-will.