Essential Function Job Analysis Training


Instructor: Roy Matheson, ADAC

Contact Hours: 6 NBCOT CRAC

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The visibility of FCE and Post-Offer employment tests in the federal court system continues to grow. Consequently, so does the need for high-level job analysis to identify the physical demands tied to the essential functions of incumbent jobs. Old-school methods of job analysis do not fit today’s demand for reports that include both essential function statements and specific measurement of the demands associated with the essential functions. Our former use of Department of Labor physical demand characteristics of work such as Sedentary, Light, Heavy and Very Heavy no longer serves the requirement for more specific, job-related descriptions. This course will deliver the knowledge you need to move into today’s ADA Title I world.

How this information used: a doctor’s opinion about return to work under ADA Title I, discussion of a difficult reasonable accommodation solution, and planning a post-offer employment test are each facilitated by an accurate and up-to-date essential function job analysis.

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What You’ll Learn

Through this course you will learn to identify and measure the essential functions and physical demands of a full range of jobs. You will be guided through the process of identifying the essential functions of a job under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. You’ll recognize the difference between the essential functions of a job and the physical demands of those functions. (The essential functions of a job rarely include lifting, carrying, standing, etc.) These concepts serve as a platform for learning how to prepare a thorough job analysis report. If you want to perform analyses across the spectrum of cognitive, aptitude, and temperamental demands of a job, you will benefit from the university-level resources that complement this course.

Essential Function Job Analysis Syllabus

1. Introduction to the Course
2. The Changing World of Job Analysis
3. Course Materials to Download
4. Resources and References for Your Professional Library
5. Homework Assignments
6. The Essential Function Job Analysis Report

A. Who Reads the Report and Why
B. The General Components of the Report
C. Five Formats

1. Full Report
2. Condensed to Four Pages
3. Condensed to Department of Labor
4. Condensed to Metrics
5. Essential Function Task Statements Only

7. Essential Function Task Statements

A. Why Are They Important?
B. How to Write Concise Statements

8. The Digital World of Job Analysis

A. The Job Analysis Software
B. The Dictionary of Occupational Titles Database
C. O*Net
D. The Job Analysis Forms Set

9. Preparing to Evaluate

A. Before You Leave Your Clinic
B. The On-Site Visit
C. The Structured Interview

10. Measuring Physical Demands
11. Measuring Non-Physical Demands
12. Unusual Jobs, Tasks, Environments and Situations
13. Related Topics

A. Essential Function Job Analysis and Ergonomic Evaluation
B. Deposition and Court
C. Liability Issues

14. Marketing Job Analysis Services