Editor's message: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on businesses and the wider economy, staff recruitment may no longer be an immediate priority for your organisation, and you may be facing a recruitment freeze. In addition, you may find yourself in a position where you have made job offers but are unsure whether or not you are able to proceed with the appointments.
If there are new recruits due to join the business, who have not yet started, you may need to consider withdrawing the job offers. The withdrawal of an unconditional job offer will be a breach of contract and the individual could bring a claim against you. Alternatively, a new recruit may be prepared to accept a delay to their start date if you explain the situation to them.
Sarah Byrne, HR practice editor
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