Why bother with job descriptions?

Q. Are employers required to have job descriptions for every position within the organization?

A.  In Pennsylvania, job descriptions are not legally required. However, they are helpful for several reasons. They typically (and should) include the essential functions of the job and the requirements for holding the job, which is important information if an individual requests a reasonable accommodation for a disability. They also should state whether a position is exempt or nonexempt, and the responsibilities described should support that classification. That information can aid the company if an employee claims that he or she was misclassified. If an employer uses job descriptions, it should have one for every position.

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