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Click here to generate your Cooley GO Docs Form of Employee Offer Letter (for California exempt employees only).

An effective offer letter is an important document that sets expectations regarding an employee’s job duties, supervisor, salary, and the requirement to sign an Employee Confidential Information and Inventions Assignment Agreement (which you can generate here).

Note that this Offer Letter is intended for use by US companies with California employees that are exempt from overtime laws (you can see the list of employee classifications that are exempt from overtime laws on the California Labor Commissioner’s Office website).

Read more about offer letters in Drafting Offer Letters: Keys to Simple and Effective Employment Agreements and about employment matters generally in our Cooley GO Guidance section Build a Team, including Tips for Onboarding Employees to Early-Stage Companies.

Hiring in the UK? Check out our Offer Letter and Employment Agreement Package.

Hiring in Singapore? Check out our Form of Employee Offer Letter.

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