Weekly HR News - Hiring Practices

Job Descriptions
 
Job descriptions are formal documents that employers use in hiring and promoting the right employees for the job, communicating expectations to employees, assisting with decisions for possible ADA accommodations, evaluating an employee’s performance and defending against discrimination claims.  However, job descriptions are only useful if they are accurate and up-to-date.  
A well written job description clearly lays out the job duties and requirements of a specific position. They should include at a minimum:
 
Job descriptions should be reviewed and updated anytime a new employee is hired or promoted to a position, a performance review is conducted or whenever job duties change for that particular position.  An accurate job description provides guidance to employees and management on expectations as well as providing a view of all the pieces that provide the big picture and ensures that all the city’s legal bases are covered.   
 
For questions or sample job descriptions, contact Andrea Shindlebower with the KLC Legal Department.