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Job descriptions — South Carolina Templates

No law requires companies to use job descriptions. However, if a company chooses to use job descriptions, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that the employer review and periodically update them to reflect the actual functions of the company’s current jobs.

We highly recommend that employers use job descriptions because, among other reasons, they can:

  • provide important documentation of an employee’s essential functions – this information would be useful in defending an ADA lawsuit
  • serve as a baseline for performance evaluations
  • provide a guide for a physician to use when an employer asks the physician to qualify a job applicant who has received a conditional job offer
  • give employers an opportunity to examine ways to reconfigure departments.

Job descriptions that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of a job. Thus, job descriptions clearly and accurately should indicate exactly which functions are essential.

Supervisors should analyze each job so that they can determine the essential...

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