Accepted Job Offer - Now Gets Declined??

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So I have recently been offered a graduate job which I accepted. I was offered the job in writing via email, I replied back accepting the job in writing via email. So I have all the evidence that I was offered and it was accepted.

But now the company have changed their mind and have said they don’t currently have the funds to have me at the moment.

Does anyone have advice on the legality of this situation? Since I was given an offer which was then accepted, generally speaking that counts as a legally binding acceptance / contract?
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Give the below link a read and check your contract's terms and conditions.

https://www.acas.org.uk/if-your-job-offer-is-withdrawn
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(Original post by markmm4226)
So I have recently been offered a graduate job which I accepted. I was offered the job in writing via email, I replied back accepting the job in writing via email. So I have all the evidence that I was offered and it was accepted.

But now the company have changed their mind and have said they don’t currently have the funds to have me at the moment.

Does anyone have advice on the legality of this situation? Since I was given an offer which was then accepted, generally speaking that counts as a legally binding acceptance / contract?
Surely they should have realised they didn't have the funds to have you at the moment before they offered you the job. I'm not 100% on the legal side of it but either way it's extremely poor practice.
I'd deffo speak to ACAS. They will be able to advise and suggest how to take things further. The good thing is that you have evidence that they offered you the job and you accepted.

Don't let this company get away with this.
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Thanks guys, I’ll speak to ACAS and see what I can do next
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Thanks guys, I’ll speak to ACAS and see what I can do next
For all they knew, you could have already left a previous job to go to them or anything (so been left without a job). Even if you had only handed your notice in at a previous job and were able to go back- you could claim that it has made things awkward for you there since (especially if they didn't know you were looking for jobs).
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For all they knew, you could have already left a previous job to go to them or anything (so been left without a job). Even if you had only handed your notice in at a previous job and were able to go back- you could claim that it has made things awkward for you there since (especially if they didn't know you were looking for jobs).
Currently speaking I won’t have another job to go into / back to as getting this job essentially burnt bridges from the last. I’ve also had to spend a considerable amount of time jumping hoops to fulfil certain criteria for the role such as certifications and licenses so it’s a slap in the face to say the least!
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Currently speaking I won’t have another job to go into / back to as getting this job essentially burnt bridges from the last. I’ve also had to spend a considerable amount of time jumping hoops to fulfil certain criteria for the role such as certifications and licenses so it’s a slap in the face to say the least!
Although I'm no expert, it certainly seems like you have a good case with leaving your previous job (and being unable to go back). Surely you should be able to claim something from them. Plus all the jumping through hoops you did doesn't make them look good either.
Let me know how you get on.
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this is my fear. imagine U relocate and sorted out accomodation to find out they can't take u on
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In theory they should pay you your notice period? Probably 1 week in probation period.
Asking for it would burn any bridges though for the future.
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this is my fear. imagine U relocate and sorted out accomodation to find out they can't take u on
Same here , I accepted an offer to a job that I have to move for, start date is still a month away. I feel like I need to email them every week to say I'm still moving!
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If the job offer was unconditional, i.e. all you had to do was turn up, then you can claim for breach of contract.

As with anything, never ever take legal advice from this or any other forum.
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