How to find first startdate and last enddate for multiple-position employees for all departments

We have several employees with multiple positions; some subsequent in same department, some in different departments (or a mix of both).

I need to find for each employee the first startdate and last enddate for their positions in each department (ie group by employee and dep)

Simplified tables:
Emp: empID, name
Dep: depID, name
Positions: empID, DepID, startdate, enddate
fmsolAsked:
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Not entirely sure I'm understanding all of your requirements, but for starters give this a whirl
SELECT e.name as EmployeeName, d.name as DepartmentName, Min(startdate), max(enddate) 
FROM Positions p
   JOIN Emp e ON p.empID = e.EmpID
   JOIN Dep d ON p.depID = d.depID
GROUP BY e.name, d.name

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If you'd like some more reading on GROUP BY I have an image and code-heavy tutorial out there called SQL Server GROUP BY Solutions
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Dale FyeCommented:
Are you interested in knowing whether there were any employment gaps?

I assume that your Positions table will not allow anyone (EmpID) to be assigned to more than one department (DepID) at any time.  How are you dealing with situations where they start in one department, move to another, then move back to the original?
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fmsolAuthor Commented:
Thank you Jim; of course, so simple.
But to make it more complicated: yes Dale, I need to know if there are employment gaps
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fmsolAuthor Commented:
... and our Positions table will allow more than one department at the same time (this is hospital employees)
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Got an article for that one too (insert snarky remark here about no social life):  T-SQL: Identify bad dates in a time series.  Copy-paste the code from the article into your SSMS, execute it to see that it detects overlapping rows, then substitute your code above.
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Thanks for the grade.  Good luck finding the overlaps.  -Jim
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