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Are promises made during the interview legally binding?
What comprises an offer of employment?
Why are written terms of employment important?
Are conditional job offers binding?
What constitutes an acceptance of an offer of employment?
If an employer makes a job offer and the candidate accepts, can the employer change its mind and withdraw the job offer if nothing has yet been put in writing?
Where an individual has accepted an employment offer can the employer withdraw it where, for example, a freeze on recruitment has subsequently been put in place?
Where an individual accepts a job offer but subsequently accepts another offer from a different company will the first employer have any form of redress?
Can an employer withdraw a job offer if it subsequently discovers that the successful candidate is pregnant?
Does an employer have the right to insist on medical checks for all new employees?
An employer may ask a prospective employee to complete a medical questionnaire, although it should not do so until after it has made a job offer. There should be a statement on
the form that the information obtained will be processed by the employer, and a
place for the job applicant to sign to signify his or her consent to this.
Information about an individual's physical and mental health is regarded as
"sensitive data" under s.2 of the Data Protection Act 1998, and the Act
requires the individual's express consent to be obtained before such information
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