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Job Descriptions in the Age of Remote Work: Crafting the Right Descriptions for Your Workplace - On-Demand

Job Descriptions in the Age of Remote Work: Crafting the Right Descriptions for Your Workplace - On-Demand

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Job Descriptions in the Age of Remote Work: Crafting the Right Descriptions for Your Workplace - On-Demand

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WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Many organizations have shifted to remote work to slow COVID-19’s spread and promote their employees’ health and safety. Learn how to best adapt your job descriptions to fit this change.


Many organizations have shifted to remote work to slow COVID-19’s spread and promote their employees’ health and safety. Remote work is becoming more permanent in the near term, making the "virtual workplace" the new normal. Employers should put remote work arrangement’s key terms in writing, creating a telecommuting agreement that sets the criteria for eligibility to participate. Specifically, employers need to revise and craft job descriptions to match the new remote work requirements.

Writing and updating job descriptions can seem like a tedious and never-ending task. And while no law requires employers to maintain job descriptions, if employers are going to have them, they should be accurate. With a number of employment laws changing every year, employers should be diligent at looking at their job descriptions (in addition to any time a new hire is in the position). While the transition to remote workplaces will depend on a variety of factors, employers who are proactive during the transition will maintain or even increase employee morale and productivity, which will inherently decrease the risk of any future claims.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Draft job descriptions that clearly define employees’ job duties and accurately set forth the physical and mental requirements of a job.
  • Determine what essential functions and fundamental job duties should be included in a job description.
  • Format job descriptions for better recruiting results so they go beyond standard keywords, job duties, tasks, qualification, and experience-related requirements and really stand out to would-be candidates.
  • Avoid job description wording that could land an employer in legal hot water or otherwise turn off applicants.
  • Create job descriptions that will support the interactive process when evaluating requests for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

About Your Presenter

Meghan Murphy

Meaghan Murphy
Associate
Skoler-Abbott

Meaghan is an Associate in the Springfield office and is licensed in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. Attorney Murphy has more than six years of experience in general litigation and labor and employment law. She advises clients regarding all employment-related matters, including, but not limited to, compliance with state, federal and local laws, and discipline of employees. She will also create workplace policies for clients and represent them in various forums, including at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), government agencies, and in state and federal court.

Attorney Murphy is a graduate of Amherst College, and received her law degree from Western New England School of Law. She was named to the Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” list in 2018 and 2019. She has also been an active volunteer with Hampden County Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2018.

Born and raised in Springfield, when she is not practicing law, Meaghan enjoys hiking, watching soccer, learning new recipes, and spending time with family and friends.