2. Job Offers and Offer Letters

"To get something you never had, you must do something you never did. "
Denzel Washington

Read our Newsletters and Q & A’s:

i. Job Offers

  1. NL 1: “Forming or Joining a Start-Up? – 16 Questions that Need to Be Answered”
  2. NL 2: “New Job, First Week – Seven Questions You Should Always Ask”
  3. NL 3: “Should I tell my family-business employer I am looking for a new job?”
  4. NL 4: “Your Best Time to Beat a Non-Compete”
  5. NL 5: Beware of “Likely Successor Risk”
  6. NL 6: Compliance, Risk and Ethics Officers – Best Practices to Gain Job Security
  7. NL 7: Did You Read about Glassdoor.com . . .?
  8. NL 8: Have a ‘Pre-Existing Creation?’ Protect it in Interviews and Job Offers
  9. NL 9: Job Change? Ten Tax Tips – Things to discuss with your tax advisor
  10. NL 10: Job Offer Letters – What to Look For – What to Look Out For
  11. NL 11: Job Security Secret: If you hear “At Will,” think “Unless Otherwise Agreed” (“U.O.A.”)
  12. NL 12: Offered a Position and Shares in a Start-Up? – 10 Traps in the Legal Papers, and Your Ways Out
  13. NL 13: The “Seeking a New Job Letter” – Often Overlooked, but Highly Effective
  14. NL 14: Two (or More) Job Opportunities? – 18 Elements of Comparison – [Part 1 of 2]
  15. NL 15: Two (or More) Job Opportunities? – 18 Elements of Comparison – [Part 2 of 2]
  16. NL 16: Your “Employment Values” – Why Take (or Stay in) This Job?
  17. NL 17: “Background Check” Provision – A Risk to Reduce or Eliminate Entirely
  18. NL 18: “Integration” or “Entire Agreement” Clause – Nothing Spoken Counts
  19. NL 19: “Job Offer On the Way? – Consider Asking for a Sign-On Bonus”
  20. NL 20: “Need a Work Document from HR? Afraid to Ask? – Here’s How”
  21. NL 21: “Required Notice” Provision – A Suggested “Win – Win” for All
  22. NL 22: “Umbrella Negotiating” – Best Response to Private Equity “Hurricane Tactics”
  23. QA 1: “Any thoughts about dealing with the fear of rejection regarding work?”
  24. QA 2: “Can I ‘un-accept’ an accepted job offer?”
  25. QA 3: “Can I ask a prospective employer to pay the retention package I will lose if I take the new job?”
  26. QA 4: “Can my present employer ask a prospective employer not to hire me?”
  27. QA 5: “How can I convince an employer to hire me who believes it would be too risky?”
  28. QA 6: “If I am offered my dream job, but my teaching contract says I can’t leave, how do I handle it?”
  29. QA 7: “My new job is not the promised job. What do I do?”
  30. QA 8: “Should I tell my family-business employer I am looking for a new job?”
  31. QA 9: “What are ‘Moral Rights’ in things I create at work?”
  32. QA 10: “Who is your next employer? – How should I respond?”
  33. QA 11: Did You Read about Glassdoor.com . . .?
  34. QA 12: Job Security Secret: If you hear “At Will,” think “Unless Otherwise Agreed” (“U.O.A.”)
  35. QA 13: Negotiating a New Job: How Do I Begin?
  36. QA 14: New Job, New Industry, Leaving Friends: Is It Worth It?
  37. QA 15: “Are employers required to reimburse internet expenses for home-based employees?”
  38. QA 16: “Can I decline a job offer I already accepted without ‘burning bridges?‘”
  39. QA 17: “How can I get my employer to honor the salary offer it made when I was hired?”
  40. QA 18: “How long should I wait to hear from an employer about a pending job offer?”
  41. QA 19: “How should I respond to a Job Offer being placed ‘on hold?’”
  42. QA 20: “If I accepted an offer of employment, and then a week later turned it down, can that company sue me or stop me from going to a different company?”
  43. QA 21: “If my offer letter states three different ways to pay me, which one is right?”

ii. Offer/"Welcome Aboard" Letters

  1. NL 1: “In Hiring Memos, Offer Letters and Employment Agreements, Beware of ‘Words of Intention'”
  2. NL 2: “Probation period in offer letter was extended; can they do that?”
  3. NL 3: Equity Deferred Comp: 10 Ways to Protect Yours
  4. NL 4: How To Negotiate Your “Welcome Aboard” Letter
  5. NL 5: Key Man / Key Woman Clause – How to Protect Your Key Business Relations
  6. NL 6: Know Who Your Employer Is? – You May Be Wrong.
  7. NL 7: Offer Letter or Company Plan – Which One Governs?
  8. NL 8: Paid by Net Sales, Net Profits, Net Revenues? – Always Ask, “Net of WHAT?”
  9. NL 9: Promise Received at Work? Ask These Two Critical Questions
  10. NL 10: RSU’s: Restricted Stock Units – 8 Essential Insights
  11. NL 11: “Background Check” Provision – A Risk to Reduce or Eliminate Entirely
  12. NL 12: “I Am Not Restricted” Clause in Offer Letters – Potential Roadblock
  13. NL 13: “In-The-Meantime” Clause – This is One to Remember, and Request
  14. NL 14: “Side Letter” – Use to Amend “Standard” or “Existing” Agreements
  15. QA 1: “Any way I can make sure I will get a promised promotion?”
  16. QA 2: “Can I be on ‘Garden Leave’ and reemployed elsewhere at the same time?”
  17. QA 3: “Offer Letter differs from Employment Contract; which controls?”
  18. QA 4: “Probation period in offer letter was extended; can they do that?”
  19. QA 5: Are Employment Offer Letters Binding like Contracts?
  20. QA 6: Pay or Play
  21. QA 7: “Offer Letter or Employee Handbook: Which counts more?”

iii. Withdrawal by the Employer

  1. QA 1: “Can my employer simply reduce compensation promised in my offer letter?”
  2. QA 2: “If I can’t get a work visa, can an employer withdraw a job offer?”
  3. QA 3: “If the employment contract I was promised does not arrive, should I leave?”
  4. QA 4: “Job offer rescinded after I quit my other job; are they liable?”
  5. QA 5: Can an employer simply withdraw a job offer?
  6. QA 6: Can an Employer Take Back a Job Offer?
  7. QA 7: “Can a job offer be rescinded if my new employer finds out I was terminated from my previous employer?”
  8. QA 8: “Can an employer take back a job offer, even after I accepted it? Do I have any recourse?”
  9. QA 9: “Fired after I resigned; will it affect my open job offer?”
  10. QA 10: “If a job offer was withdrawn, do I have a claim to be compensated?”
  11. QA 11: “My job offer was withdrawn, after I quit my old job. What can I do?”

“If you live your life the right way,
your later years will not be a winter,
but rather a harvest.”

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