Don’t underestimate the value of detailed, written job descriptions. They can prevent misunderstandings, turnover, and even legal issues. Having clear evidence of what are essential job functions will help ensure that employees know what is expected of them and that there are no surprises down the road. Don’t leave something out because it seems like an obvious role or responsibility. If an “essential function” isn’t clearly specified in the job description, it can call into question whether the activities is actually “essential.” As a result, you may have to exempt an employee from performing that role due to some disability or other issue; or you could be at legal risk if you dismiss or penalize that worker for refusing to perform that action. Seek guidance from legal counsel if you have any questions. Read the full article.