Writing job descriptions: legal do’s and don’ts

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job descriptionWell-written job descriptions supply the practical information on positions such as responsibilities, requirements and special attributes. But job descriptions also provide the language necessary to defend hiring, promotion, and transfer decisions from discrimination claims under the ADA and Title VII.

1. What are the components of a well-written job description?

A well-written job description should include the following.

  • Job title. Try to clarify the tasks and responsibilities of the job in the title. Inaccurate job titles may illegally eliminate some candidates from consideration. Overblown ones can lead to false expectations, disappointment, and discrimination claims. What to do: Consult the U.S. Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles. It lists jobs by occupational groups, functions, and responsibilities, defining the principal tasks each job involves.
  • Responsibilities. Draw a distinc...(register to read more)

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