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How to manage ‘job creep’ in today’s jobless recovery

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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 FMLA leave, ADA accommodations and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) 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It also means many of your job ­descriptions are probably outdated.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 FM...(register to read more)

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