More than half of all employees have taken on new roles during the economic downturn, according to a recent Spherion Staffing survey. That’s “job creep,” and it’s a big problem.
It can cause employees to burn out or become dissatisfied with their jobs. (The survey found that only 7% of employees received additional pay in return for expanded duties.) Productivity might suffer.
Job creep has important employment law implications, with potential effects on, ADA accommodations and Fair Labor Standards Act ( ) compliance.
It also means many of your job descriptions are probably outdated.
THE LAW: Several federal laws rely on up-to-date, accurate job descriptions. Most notably, the ADA requires employers to specifically designate which job functions are essential and which are not. An employee who cannot perform a job’s essential functions because of a serious health condition may be entitled to leave under the
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