Best Practices For Drafting and Updating Job Descriptions 2018

Duration: 60 Minutes
In this webinar learn how to write effective Job Descriptions and Person Specifications that identify all of the job requirements, and avoid discriminatory language. Writing effective Job Descriptions is one of the most effective ways to clarify expectations and measuring performances. 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. Poorly written Job Descriptions can lead to potential legal issues, and missing out on hiring, training, and performance opportunities. It can be difficult to achieve full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well.
How to Draft and Update Job Descriptions
Product ID: 506134
Objectives of the Presentation
  • Write SEO-friendly job descriptions that land you better candidates
  • Optimize job descriptions for on-the-go mobile users
  • Provide a clear set of objectives to identify the most suitable candidate and what is really needed in the role
    • Who is your audience?
    • How do you identify essential functions?
    • Why you must preserve flexibility?
  • Prepare a Job Description to assist with performance management and identify training needs
  • What to do before writing a Job Description and Person Specification?
    • What to include in a Person Specification?
    • Set out necessary skills, experience and qualifications in the Person Specification
    • Preparing the Job Description for measuring performance
  • Avoiding language that can lead to discrimination claims
  • Why a job description is important to assessing reasonable accommodations?
  • Consider health and safety obligations for inclusion in the Job Description
  • How to use information for job evaluation and hiring?
Why Should you Attend
In today's job market, attracting the right kind of talent to your company is both an art and a science. And it starts with creating compelling job descriptions that make qualified candidates want to work for you.

To reach top candidates, your job descriptions must actively sell a position using compelling language that paints an authentic picture of the work-that's the art. And leveraging the power of search engines, accurate titles and relevant keywords is a must-that's the science. This topic will explain how to identify essential functions and write effective job descriptions that can be used to limit the risk of liability.

Areas Covered
  • Practical tips on review and update existing job descriptions-don't simply rely on older versions
  • Correctly and accurately draft job descriptions, so you can ensure they define exactly what the job is and define the “essential functions” of each position
  • Use correct language and learn what to keep in and what to leave out
  • Use job descriptions in assessing whether to hire or promote, based on an individual's skill set
  • Create job descriptions that will support you when you have to make a decision regarding ADA claims for accommodation or other issues
  • Correctly classify employees and avoid legal issues regarding overtime
Who will Benefit
  • Business owners
  • Managers
  • Employers
  • Human Resources and administrators
  • Lawyers and accountants
Topic Background
Employers encounter many situations where it is critical to convey a clear understanding of an employee's job duties. If an employer does not prepare an adequate job description before the employee is hired, it may face liability for disability discrimination and failure to accommodate, interference with FMLA rights, and increased workers compensation costs and costs associated with mishires. A well prepared job description is one of the key documents that can help a company prevent lawsuits.
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Instructor Profile:
Stuart Silverman has been practicing law for almost 30 years and is the principal of the Law Offices of Stuart M. Silverman, P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida. The emphasis of his practice is in the area of labor and employment law, and business and commercial litigation. Mr. Silverman has represented both private and public employers, as well as individual employees in a whole host of complex business disputes and employment settings at administrative levels, and state and federal trial and appellate courts. His extensive employment litigation experience includes claims under age, race, sex discrimination, wage and hour claims, whistleblower and retaliation claims, ADA and FMLA claims, public employee's claims, as well as disputes under employment contracts, non-compete agreements, trade secrets disputes, and partnership breakups. Mr. Silverman is a frequent speaker on his areas of practice.

Mr. Silverman is also a member of The Workplace Violence Prevention Institute (WPVI), a group formed to investigate solutions and strategies from a proactive and systemic perspective to minimize the risk of workplace violence, specifically violence caused by employees or former employees. He earned his B.A. degree, with high honors, and his J.D. degree from Rutgers University. Mr. Silverman is admitted to The Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
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