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Outcomes over Methods
Describe an essential function more as an outcome than a method, BLR’s experts say. That way, you avoid pre-judging employees with disabilities. For example:
How to Determine 'Essential'
Here are some questions you can use to determine whether a job function is essential:
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In addition to making your essential/nonessential determination, it's helpful to pin duties down with a clear description of requirements and conditions. You might mention:
Finally, make sure to do your necessary work on job descriptions now, not after the fact. If you try to craft your essential functions list after someone raises a complaint, it won't be credible.
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