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Understanding what DOL is saying

February 3, 2015

The Department of Labor recently received high marks for communicating well by using “plain language.” Do you agree?

The Center for Plain Language http://centerforplainlanguage.org/ annually reviews government departments and grades them on compliance with the Plain Writing Act, writing clarity and information design.

DOL received an “A” for compliance, “B” for writing and “C” for design in 2014.

Government publications can at times be rife with confusing language that sounds more like it belongs in a 19th century legal document than an agency webpage about employer responsibilities, so it’s refreshing when departments find ways to present materials in an easier-to-comprehend manner.

Do you think the government is doing a good job presenting information? What OSHA materials have you encountered that have been either difficult or easy to understand? Let me know in the comments below.

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