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Employment law myths: contracts

Matthew Briggs of Osborne Clarke continues a series of articles on employment law myths with a look at some myths around contracts of employment.  These include a myth about the contract of employment when a job offer is withdrawn. 

Myth: An employee does not have a contract of employment if there is nothing in writing.

It is a common misconception that, where there is nothing in writing to determine the relationship between an employer and employee, the employee does not have a contract of employment.