Can you withdraw the job offer?

withdrawing a job offer

COVID-19 advice Looking for practical advice on withdrawing a job offer due to the coronavirus pandemic and other common employment scenarios? Visit our free Coronavirus Advice Hub for answers. Take me to the Hub You just finished interviewing and you’re convinced you’ve found the perfect candidate. However, after you post the offer, new information comes […]

What happens if an employee resigns during the disciplinary process?

If an employee is midway through a disciplinary process and suspects that dismissal is imminent, they may feel that resigning is their only option to save face and maintain their reputation. Whether it’s better to quit than be fired is open to debate. However, if reputation is the employee’s primary concern, leaving on their own […]

Pre-employment checks What an employer needs to know

pre employment checks

No matter how rigorous the interview process, you can never really know how a prospective employee will work out. They may have dazzled you throughout the recruitment stage, but can they impress you in the long run? Of course, you want to make the most informed recruitment decision possible. Therefore, you may offer an individual […]

Resigning during the disciplinary procedure

HSE enforcement notices Investigation

Recent events have thrown up the question of what happens if an employee resigns in the midst of a disciplinary procedure. The press has gone wild with the story of former Oxfam Director, Roland van Hauwermeiren, who resigned from his post before the investigation into allegations of misconduct had ended. He went on to hold […]

The perils of messing up references

employment reference

An Employment Tribunal’s decision has shown the importance of getting references right. It is often an area which causes employers headaches. The law does not tell you what references should include or how long they should be; therefore it is up to employers to decide how much detail to provide. The law There is no […]

Do employers have to provide references?


You can get in all sorts of trouble if you get references wrong. There is no general duty imposed on employers to provide a reference to a former or current employee. However, as always, the law is not that straightforward and there are certain exceptions, for example: You may have a term in a settlement […]

Can you withdraw the job offer?

withdrawing a job offer

You have just finished interviewing a candidate and you are convinced that you have found the perfect candidate. However, after you post the offer, you discover something that concerns you…   You decide you need to withdraw the job offer. Can you do this? Well, this will ultimately depend on whether you made the applicant […]