Difference between Offer Letter & Appointment letter - legal action

altaf_sayyed123 Started The Discussion:

Hi, Please tell me about, what is difference between Offer Letter and Appointement letter. if you have format so please enclose a copy of both letter. Thanking you Altaf Sayyed

arunarunhello -  Member Since: Jul 2008
An offer letter is not a contract unless the terms are agreed by you. The terms of offer and acceptance, which are incorporated in the appointment letter is a valid contract and the liability of the company is governed by the terms in the appointment order !!
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Bishwajeet -  Member Since: Jul 2008

An offer letter also known as LOI or letter of intent is an invitation to join the organisation and generally contains the position,documents at the time of joining and renumeration.

The appontement letter is a valid document or you van say comtract letter which outlines the terme of agreement between the employer and employee and is a detailed document.

Please let me know your views.


shwe11 -  Member Since: Jun 2008

Offer Letter just states that based on the your interview performance company is offering you particular position in company with a slaray breif structure....

whereas Appointment Letter states the Terms Condition & policies of the company....The benefits & compensation details as well.....


shiva_HRM -  Member Since: Jun 2008

Offer Letter:

Offer Letter is not an agreement between two parties (employer and employee). The first party proposes a candidate thru HR department for the employment. Which consists of following things:
1. Designation
2. Compensation & Benefits
3. Location of Job
4. Date of joining
5. Type of Employment
it never states agreement between two parties. It is a proposal.

Appointment Letter:

If the offered candidate interested to join with the employer, on the day of reporting employer issues Appointment letter to the employee. Which is an agreement between two parties.
It consists of:
1. Terms and Conditions of Employment
2. Non-Disc losable conditions
3. Salary break-up
4. Expectations
and content depends on the policies of employer.


d_singh007 -  Member Since: Mar 2007
Ok can u plz tell me that after the Offer letter is accepted by both the employer and the employee, can it be rejected ,I mean to say can the employee be stopped from the said employee after agreeing to to give him the post in his company.

shwe11 -  Member Since: Jun 2008

I don't think so that it would be the healthy HR practice.....Company can't deny the written offer wherein employee can turn down that if needs to........

Honestly I have not seen any company denying the offer which is already given to the new joinee(Soon to be)

Rajeev Verma -  Member Since: Apr 2008
Mr. D.S. Singh,

There is no question of accepting the offer by the Employer, it is Employer who offer the Offer letter to a candidate for joining the Organisation.

Usually the Offer letter is given with a tentative date of joining "On or Before" . Like the medicine has the expiry date, similarly the Offer letter also do have the expiry date.

The most of the companies are using the language like----"this offer letter is valid till................"

priyajiya66 -  Member Since: Jun 2008
Both employee n employer hv right 2 deny the offer letter as its nt a legal binding on ne1. The latest example of dis is IT firms dening joing 2 freshers cz of recession. N in campus recruitment v get offer letters frm many cos bt at last join 1 n refuse others.

shwe11 -  Member Since: Jun 2008
first providing the written letter and then Denying is not the good HR practise as during finalization process HR conduct various methods to choose any worthwhile candidate....


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