Physical Ability Tests for City Employees

Informational Memo

Published: November 20, 2020

Physical Ability Tests for City Employees
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This material contains general information; it should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited in this material are available on request from the League’s Research and Information Service staff.

Find out the legal and practical issues cities should consider when deciding to use a physical ability test to make any type of employment decision, including hiring or continued employment.  Tests commonly used are physical fitness or agility often for fire, police, or other active positions. Understand the differences between physical ability testing and medical examinations. Discusses potential discrimination issues, need for reasonable accommodation, and privacy implications on data collected.