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Employment Offer: California

Employment Offer requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Jennifer K. Achtert, Fisher Phillips


  • Employers in California should be careful not to make any promises of continued employment, or employment for a particular length of time, when offering employment because this could defeat the presumption of at-will employment. See Verbal Offer.
  • A verbal offer should ordinarily be followed by a written offer letter which should state, among other things, that the letter is not an employment contract. See Written Offer.
  • If the offer is being withdrawn due to a failed background check, employers should be sure to comply with all applicable state and federal notification requirements. See Withdrawing or Rescinding an Employment Offer.
  • Localities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose have requirements pertaining to employment offers. See Local Requirements.