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A manager at my company cited a very vague New York law that I'm skeptical about. We can have no more or less than 48 hours to sign an employment contract. Is there any truth to this?

  • Can you tell us what line of work it is? That might matter. – D M Mar 15 '18 at 17:57
  • A web based tech company – Bill Johnston Mar 15 '18 at 18:02
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    OK, now I'm skeptical too, but it's hard to prove a negative. – D M Mar 15 '18 at 18:06
  • It might have been about the very basic contract law: you are free to impose any conditions on your offer, including the validity timeframe. That said, they can give you a job offer that is valid for 48 hours only. – Greendrake Mar 16 '18 at 7:50
  • What happens if you don't sign? – phoog Mar 17 '18 at 4:13
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There is no New York law that requires you to accept a job offer at exactly 48 hours from the time that it was made, no more or no less.

A private contract can give someone 48 hours to accept. There are probably many workers in New York City who are governed by industry-wide union collective bargaining agreements (which apply to almost everyone in the entertainment industry) which regulate the giving and accepting of offers to some extent.

There may be a right to recission for certain kinds of contracts.

But there is no law that is an exact fit to the one you describe that would apply to an employee at a web based tech company.

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