Dear Versha,

Good Day

Its an important question that many of our people overlook or ignore. I have a personal experience in this regard while i was in New Zealand. Unfortunately, in developing countries like ours, the importance and the differences are not valued. I noted that many responses would have confused so far. Its simple as follows:

1) Appointment letter is an invitation to join a particular organization to work for. You may accept or reject and let them know. It doest have much legal weight and its usually brief and one page in size. (for ex: there will be no details of salary or whatsoever.) If you accept an Appointment Letter following a successful job interview..You will get a:

2) Job Offer/Employment Agreement/Offer of Employment are different names for one thing..

Its usually detailed..including your wages, period, benefits, responsibilities etc. This document has to be signed by both.. (remember a employment offer always should carry signatures from both parties..) It has more legal weight and you can go to court. I dont know about our country but in developed countries there are specific labour court to handle this sort of cases.

For more details: for migration purpose, Immigration Departments will ask you for a Job Offer (detailed) and not the Letter of Appointment.. So be cautious to get your Job Offer/Employment Agreement from the company that you work for. It will give you some legal protection, when issues arise.

Hope this would clarify your confusion. Let me know pls.


Razeen Assan

From Sri Lanka, Colombo
dear versha
acceptance to offer become a clauses of offer till not accepted by individual is not contact and can not be enforceable by law.
as you have mentioned the clauses of appointment letter,the way they have mentioned clauses in appointment letter
is void means these contract are void the clauses should be both way one month notice.

From India, Delhi
Hi there,
An offer letter is not a legal binded document you cant hold the company against unless you sign a contract from both sides cause for any reason the company can withdraw their offer if they change their mind and they have all the right.

From Oman, Muscat
Hi there,
question is that "is this legal wrong to withdraw the offer"
we need to understand that offer has no value until accepted by the other party and the movement it is accepted, shall be legally binding on both the parties. as someone pointed out that since there existed no employer and employee relationship, no cause of action. this is wrong understanding. its a case of clear breach of contract and there is civil remedy for breach of contract, the effected party can take and will be compensated.

From India, Delhi

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