Job descriptions are a helpful and necessary part of every supervisor's and HR manager's life. When used correctly, they help keep everyone on track, morale up, and assist in creating a more motivated workforce.
But simple job descriptions can also be a Pandora's box of legal trouble.
The Americans with Disablities Act Amendments Act and its regulations mean that job descriptions, when poorly drafted, have the potential of causing a legal stir. In California, writing compliant job descriptions is even more complicated, thanks to amendments to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act affecting disability discrimination, reasonable accommodation, and the interactive process that took effect in December 2012.
Among key changes to the regulations is a stipulation that employers must keep job descriptions up to date. The commission pointed to concerns that employers are just re-using old, out-of-date descriptions over and over, which is something they are now keeping a close eye on.
In order to create accurate, compliant job descriptions, participate in this interactive, advice-rich new webinar for California HR professionals.
- How to provide the right amount of detail in job descriptions
- Job description dos and don'ts, including what you absolutely should include and what you should keep out, particularly in California
- How to define functions that are essential to a given job - and why this is so important
- How your job descriptions can affect FMLA and workers' compensation-related claims
- Signs that your current job descriptions may be out of date, both by federal and California-specific standards
- How to develop a process when creating new job descriptions to replace those outdated ones
- How to spot potentially damaging job description language so you can avoid ADA and FEHA entanglements
- The types of information an EEOC investigator, a judge, or a jury will keep in the back of their minds when reviewing job descriptions
- How a job description differs from a job task analysis - and what the difference means from a practical standpoint
- And much more!
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the best practices for drafting legally sound job descriptions. Register today risk free.
About your presenter:
Attorney Marc Jacuzzi is a shareholder with the South San Francisco-based firm of Simpson, Garrity, Innes &Jacuzzi PC. His practice covers a wide range of employment law, including civil rights actions, wage claims, wrongful termination claims and tort claims with federal and state agencies. He also specializes in employment law counseling, where he advises clients on all aspects of employee relations. Mr. Jacuzzi, who previously practiced employment law at Cooley Godward in Colorado and San Francisco, is admitted to both the California and Colorado bars.