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Drafting and Updating Job Descriptions: Why You Need Them, What to Include, and What to Leave Out

Drafting and Updating Job Descriptions: Why You Need Them, What to Include, and What to Leave Out

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Drafting and Updating Job Descriptions: Why You Need Them, What to Include, and What to Leave Out

Live Webinar: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to avoid legal missteps by reviewing and updating your job descriptions.


Writing and updating job descriptions can seem like a tedious—and never-ending—task for HR. But, it’s a crucially important one.

If a job’s essential functions are poorly defined or outdated, it can be difficult to achieve full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This means well-written and up-to-date job descriptions are critical when it comes to recruiting, promoting, and classifying employees, conducting performance reviews, and providing reasonable accommodations.

Join us on February 20 for an all-new webinar with live Q&A when employment attorney Erica Flores will explain how to accurately draft new job descriptions and update existing job descriptions.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Correctly and accurately draft job descriptions to define exactly what the job is
  • Separate the job description from the individual currently performing the job (the two can oftentimes be very different)
  • Use correct language and learn what to keep in and what to leave out
  • Review and update existing job descriptions—don’t simply rely on older versions
  • Define the “essential functions” of each position
  • Use job descriptions in assessing whether to hire or promote, based on an individual’s skill set
  • Create job descriptions that will support the interactive process when evaluating requests for reasonable accommodations under the ADA
  • Correctly classify employees and avoid legal issues regarding overtime
  • And much more!


About Your Presenter

Erica FloresErica E. Flores, Esq. 
Skoler Abbott

Erica Flores of Skoler Abbott has represented clients big and small, in cases big and small, in places big and small. She has successfully defended Massachusetts employers in single-plaintiff and class action discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation, wage and hour disputes, and whistleblower and contract matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She also regularly advises clients on day-to-day employment issues, including employment policies, internal investigations and discipline, and litigation avoidance. Ms. Flores is a regular contributor to the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter and a member of the Board of Directors of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

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