How long can an employer make an employee wait for a start date?

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How long can an employer make an employee wait for a start date?

I applied and proceeded through a company’s hiring process to work in one of their

fulfillment centers. I passed the background and drug test. I was given a verbal and email confirmation letting me know that I had been hired and now would be pending a start date. It’s been 2 months since then, and while I have emailed their HR department 3 times, I keep receiving an automated email those does nothing to really answer my question or resolve anything. What should I do?

Asked on October 17, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Nevada

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yor prospective employer can make you wait indefinately unless there is an applicable union agreement or employment contrct to the contrary. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will" which means that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This inlcudes how long to make a new worker wait for a start date. Bottom line, you can either continue to wait or move on and find other employment.


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