Goodkin who is a partner in the Los Angeles office of law firm Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff, gave her tips at a recent webinar hosted by BLR.
Regarding the worst and most common mistakes in job descriptions, Goodkin pointed to calling people exempt when they're not. Citing a new client who has about 30 employees, she recalled that the chief executive said, "They're all exempt." That's unlikely. Who's answering the phones and keeping the files straight—jobs that are likely nonexempt? Goodkin wonders.
Goodkin suggests HR managers consider the following for inclusion in the job description:
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How about your job descriptions? Are they well-written, up-to-date, and ADA-compliant? Detailed enough to help? Essential skills delineated?
If not—or if you've never even written job descriptions—you're not alone. Thousands of companies fall short in this area.
It's easy to understand why. Job descriptions are not simple to do—what with updating and management and legal review, especially given the ADA requirement of a split-off of essential functions from other functions in the description. Wouldn't it be great if your job descriptions were available and already written?
Actually, they are. We have more than 700, ready to go, covering every common position in any organization, from receptionist right up to president. They are in an extremely popular BLR program called the Job Descriptions Encyclopedia.
First created in the 1980s, the "JDE" has been continually refined and updated over time, with descriptions revised or added each time the law, technology—or the way we do business—changes.
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There was a major revision, for example, following the passage of the ADA. In fact, BLR editors reviewed every one of those 700 descriptions to ensure they were ADA-compliant.
Another enhancement was the updating of pay grades for each job. According to our customers, this is an enormous time-saver, enabling them to make compensation decisions even as they define the position. You can see a sample job description from the program by clicking here. (Yes, it is the one for HR Manager—Pay grade: 37.)
The BLR Job Descriptions Encyclopedia also includes an extensive tutorial on setting up a complete job descriptions program, and how to encourage participation from all parts of the organization. That includes top management, the employees, and any union or other collective bargaining entity.
Quarterly Updates, No Additional Cost
Very important these days, quarterly updates are included in the program as a standard feature—key at a time of constantly changing laws and emerging technologies. We'll send you new or revised descriptions every 90 days. And the cost is extremely reasonable, averaging less than 43 cents per job description … already written, legally reviewed, and ready to adapt or use as is.
You can evaluate BLR's Job Descriptions Encyclopedia at no cost in your office for up to 30 days. Get more information or order the Job Descriptions Encyclopedia.
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