Drafting Legally Sound Job Descriptions


October 17, 2017


Melissa Fleischer

  1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT | 90 Minutes

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Learn to Write Effective Job Descriptions that Identify All of the Job Requirements and Avoid Language that Increase Your Potential for Discrimination Claims.

Job descriptions are critical in the workplace. All too often, however, not much thought is put into what exactly should be in the job description. A poorly written and detailed job description will lead to employees saying "that's not my job" or to costly lawsuits. A well written job description lets your employees, a court, or jury know your expectations from the potential or current employee. Are you writing your job descriptions diligently and carefully?

This session with expert speaker Melissa Fleischer will help you write job descriptions that identify all the essential job requirements and avoid language that leads to discrimination claims and preserve legal compliance.

Learning Objective:

  • How to identify all of the job requirements in job descriptions (without being too lengthy)
  • Why job descriptions are the critical first step in the recruitment and hiring process
  • Avoiding language that can lead to discrimination claims
  • Identifying and highlighting the essential functions of the job
  • Understanding the role of the Americans with Disabilities Act in drafting job descriptions
  • Ensuring that the at will employment relationship is preserved in job descriptions

Session Highlights:

  • Understand the legal perils that can occur as a result of drafting poor job descriptions
  • Understand what is necessary to include in a job description to help defend an employer in an ADA lawsuit
  • Learn how job descriptions play a key role in determining if an employee is entitled to a ‘reasonable accommodation' under the ADA
  • Review the key terms that can lead to discrimination claims when drafting job descriptions
  • Understand the important role job descriptions play with regard to avoiding ADA claims
  • Understand how to avoid negating an employee's at-will status when drafting job descriptions
  • Learn how to avoid FLSA wage and hour issues when drafting job descriptions
  • Understand that job descriptions are legal documents used as evidence in a court of law

Who should attend:

  • Company owners
  • Human Resource managers
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Recruiters
  • C-level Executive

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