The HR Backpedal

Rescinding a Job Offer

No one in any profession likes to backpedal; let alone in the field of Human Resources.

Rescinding a job offer is like leaving someone waiting at the altar. I’m not speaking from personal experience here, but I have witnessed a wedding that never happened!

We, in HR, always want to move forward. We try to ensure our recruiting processes is tuned to perfection, so there would never be a situation of wanting or needing to rescind an offer of employment. Unfortunately, despite best efforts, it does happen!

Rescinding an offer of employment can range from a little embarrassing to downright illegal and place the company in Human Rights liability. Can a HR practitioner protect their professional integrity when rescinding a offer of employment?

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the best way to make a conditional offer of employment?
  2. Should all offers of employment be conditional?
  3. Will you lose potential employees if you start by offering a conditional offer of employment?
  4. When is it legally acceptable to withdraw an offer of employment?