Q: When a company hires a new employee, is it required to provide the new hire with an offer letter?
A: Providing a new employee with a written job offer is not required; however ESC strongly recommends providing one to each new hire. In ESC’s experience, it has been proven that providing a written job offer can make a huge difference in winning unemployment hearings, dealing with worker’s compensation cases and disability issues, and setting expectations overall. When an employee signs off on a job offer they are acknowledging and confirming the expectations for the job and clarifying any discussions in the interview process and upon hire.
In an offer letter, ESC recommends confirming details such as the new employee’s start date, job title, and basic salary and benefit information.