Thursday, December 13, 2007

Physical Abilities Tests

Physical Abilities Tests: Tests typically test applicants on some physical requirement such as lifting strength, rope climbing, or obstacle course completion.

can idendentify individuals who are physically unable to perform the essential functions of a job

without risking injury to themselves or others

can result in decreased costs related to disability/medical claims, insurance, and workers compensation

decreased absenteeism


costly to administer

requirements must be shown to be job related through a thorough job analysis

may have age based disparate impact against older applicants

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