Writing ADA Compliant Duty Statements

Offered by the Disability Access Services (DAS) of the Department of Rehabilitation

DOR is currently working with CalHR to develop a comprehensive Duty Statement course scheduled to be available by July or August 2017. The new CalHR course will incorporate the basic duty statements principles required by CalHR along with the principles and techniques discussed in the previous DAS Writing ADA Compliant Duty Statement course.

Please contact DAS should you need immediate assistance, guidance or resources to ensure your duty statements comply with both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) guidelines regarding non-discriminatory language and the proper classification of essential and marginal job functions.

Class Description:

This class focuses on criteria used by state and federal disability requirements to determine essential or marginal job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. Participants will develop strategies for writing or revising duty statements using a "who does what" language model to identify an employee's essential job functions and the expected job performance.


As a result of attending this class, participants will:

  • Review California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as they pertain to the employment of people with disabilities.

  • Understand the legal requirements that differentiate "essential job and marginal job functions".

  • Develop strategies for ensuring that duty statements are useful for the recruitment and accommodation of individuals with disabilities.

  • Identify resources that will promote compliance with FEHA, the ADA, and Cal HR/SPB Guidelines & Procedures.

Intended Audience:

This class is designed for personnel staff, Supervisors, Reasonable Accommodation or Return-to-Work Coordinators, and other responsible for writing, revising or reviewing duty statements for accommodation purposes.



For additional information about DAS services or questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability related laws, send your questions to Disability Access Services at DASinfo@dor.ca.gov.