Best practices of Drafting and Updating Job Descriptions in 2019: Why You Need Them, What to Include, and What to Leave Out

Instructor: Stuart Silverman
Product ID: 706244
  • Duration: 60 Min
Attend this webinar to learn how to write effective Job Descriptions and Person Specifications that identify all of the job requirements and avoid discriminatory language.
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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.

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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 for the role
    • Who is your audience?
    • How do you identify essential functions?
    • Why must you 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 the 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 is a job description 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

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • 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 Personnel and Administrators
  • Lawyers and Accountants
Instructor Profile:
Stuart Silverman

Stuart Silverman
Owner, Stuart M Silverman P A

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 employers and employees in complex business disputes and employment settings at administrative levels, and in 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. He focuses on helping businesses with employment compliance issues by taking a proactive approach to their employment and business law needs, and provides assistance with compliance on workforce issues, employment handbooks and policies, employee contracts, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreement, partnership agreements.

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.

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