If I was called back to work after being laid-off, can I negotiate the terms such as hours, pay, job responsibilities?

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If I was called back to work after being laid-off, can I negotiate the terms such as hours, pay, job responsibilities?

If they refuse to accept my terms, is that still considered refusing the job and could I lose my unemployment?

Asked on October 25, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

1) *Can* you negotiate--absolutely; there is no law stopping you from doing so.

2) If you negotiate, can they withdraw the job offer--most likely yes; once you reject an offer as it was stated (e.g. want to change the terms), you have in fact rejected that offer and substituted a counteroffer; the other party does not have to accept your counter and may take its original offer off the table. So if you have a firm job offer, consider that trying to negotiate it could result in losing that offer.

3) Could negotiating the offer cause you to lose unemployment if you don't get the job--possibly. As per the above, you would be deemed to have rejected a job offer.


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