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Job descriptions play a role in regulatory compliance both for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and for the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):
ADA: Under the ADA, a disabled individual must still be able to perform the “essential functions” of the job – with or without reasonable accommodations – to be protected. Employers who use job descriptions have the opportunity to set forth those essential job functions in writing – before a controversy ever arises. But, for the job description to be of value, it must accurately describe or list those essential job functions.
FLSA: Under the FLSA, job descriptions play a key role in “exempt” versus “non-exempt” status. A job description can help support companies in determining whether or not jobs are exempt or non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act [overtime provisions].
Besides regulatory compliance, job descriptions are also very practical for internal program support:
They allow employees and applicants to know the general nature of the work, responsibilities and duties.
They allow both employees and supervisors to connect duties with outcomes and accountabilities during performance evaluations.
They can be a tool to understand career development and progression, which also supports the talent management and succession planning processes.