Say you have a job, its pretty stable but you want to move on up, so you apply for another one.

You do well at the interview, and are offered the job, so you hand your notice in.

In the last week of your notice, your new place of work decides its now not hiring, so there is no new job to go to, and your old place has already hired your replacement

Where do you stand? Are you entitled to some compensation? Or are you left to just fend for yourself?

  • This question needs a regional tag to enable accurate answers.
    – Vicky
    Nov 14 '11 at 12:44

You absolutely can go after compensation. As a hiring manager in my previous role, a very similar thing happened - I offered someone a job (in writing) and they accepted it. Three days later, I was told to reduce the size of my department by 10%, starting with the one who had not yet started.

Believe it or not, even though he wasn't even working at the time, he sent a letter to H.R. explaining the circumstances and said he had been "counselled" to request compensation on the basis of "promissory breach" or some such term... and they paid him. Just be sure to keep every little scrap of paperwork from the company: offer letter, non-disclosure agreement, employee handbook, emails, etc. - every bit of correspondence given to you by a (potential) employer indicates intent to hire you.

  • +1 Good points. Wonder if this is applicable in other countries besides Canada?
    – Zephyr
    Jan 16 '10 at 3:33
  • I would never have thought! but it makes perfect sense. Jan 16 '10 at 7:24
  • If it's an at-will employee that isn't under contract, can't they technically be let go at any time?
    – Bigbio2002
    Feb 21 '13 at 17:58

This just happened to a friend of mine applying to a rather large corporation. They canceled the position after she quit the previous job. She just went on to other interviews.

  • -1 Doesn't answer the question. May 6 '11 at 18:34

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