with Diane Hamilton and Nilesh Patel
Can an offer letter be an employment contract? How about an employee handbook? Yes, they can be, but it is much better to not have that be the case. As shown by a recent Milwaukee case, without drafting the terms of a formal employment contract, there can be needless confusion and expensive litigation.
Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, employers have to document an employee’s identity and ability to work lawfully in the United States. As of May 7, employers will have to start using an updated version of the employment verification form, commonly referred to as Form I-9. The new version of the form must be used for all new hires, rehires, and employment authorization reverifications occurring on or after May 7.