Although no specific law requires you to create job descriptions or dictates what they should contain, creating and maintaining a job description for every job in your organization is a best practice. Effective job descriptions provide your executives, supervisors and employees with a clear understanding of how each job fits into your organization’s structure and contributes to the organization achieving its mission. And from a defensive viewpoint, job descriptions provide clear recruiting guidelines and performance expectations, which may help you defend against claims of discrimination in the hiring and promotion process.

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