HR Glossary for HR Professionals

Glossary of the most common HR terms and acronyms to assist professionals navigating the ever-growing and ever-changing world of HR terminology.

Offer Letter

What is an Offer Letter?

An offer letter is an informal offer of employment that typically confirms a verbal agreement. Unlike contracts, they do not create a contract between the employer and the employee. They simply present a job to a candidate without legal obligations.

Do employers have to send offer letters?

When bringing on a new hire, an employer usually makes a verbal job offer and follows up with a written offer letter. It usually confirms what was stated over the phone. These letters typically include information such as title, compensation, start date, employment status, benefits information, and paid leave information. They also include terms of employment, like background checks  and drug screenings.

Related Terms: Employment Agreement

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