Q & A Session – Position Description Update or Re-advertisement?


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


At what point would a position description update or change require the position to be re-advertised?


A position description can be rewritten to reflect an accretion of duties without a change in the position’s incumbent so long as it was not a planned management action. If it is a planned management action and the job is to be upgraded, it would have to be advertised. 

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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