Legal Issues Checklist
[ ] Is each of the bullets in your description focused solely on the job?
[ ] Does your language refer to race, religion, or other protected characteristics?
[ ] Is your language gender specific?
[ ] Does your language imply any preference regarding age?
[ ] Is each of your bullets essential to doing the job (unless otherwise noted)?
[ ] Do your bullets describe the desired results of the function rather than how to achieve
[ ] Is there anything in your job description that might lead candidates to believe they
will have job security?
[ ] Is there anything that would lead applicants to believe that they can be fired only for
[ ] Have you promised (or implied) raises or promotions?
Implied Contracts (Making Promises You Cannot Keep)
[ ] Did you put anything in the job description that may not actually happen (for any
[ ] In your zeal to make the job look attractive, have you crossed the line between truth
and false statements?
[ ] Does your job description include any reference to candidates' private lives?
[ ] Do you mention marital status?
[ ] Do you refer to the applicant's political opinions?
[ ] Do you make any reference to off-duty conduct?
Job Classification Issues
[ ] Does the description lock the company into paying or not paying overtime?
[ ] Have you included any references to exempt/nonexempt status without running it by
Remember: This is an informal checklist and not a substitute for a thorough legal or
human resources review.