Posted on: Feb 16, 2015
In the past it has been thought that getting a new employee to sign and return a covering letter would be sufficient acknowledgment and acceptance of an employment offer and the terms and conditions set out in an attached draft employment agreement. The Employment Relations Authority suggested recently that signing a covering letter might not be sufficient to signify acceptance of the agreement itself.
We therefore recommend that employers ensure all employees sign the employment agreement itself, rather than an attached covering letter. This is also very important if the employment agreement contains a 90 day trial period provision as the employment agreement must be signed for this clause to be valid.
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