Plain Language

Scheduled Maintenance

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is conducting scheduled system maintenance starting Friday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. ET through Tuesday, February 19 at 8:00 a.m. ET. Most DOL websites and web systems will be affected and unavailable to the public. The National Contact Center remains open 24 hours a day to contact Job Corps (1-800-733-5627), MSHA (1-800-746-1553), and OSHA (1-800-321-6742). 

The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal agencies to write "clear government communication that the public can understand and use." The U.S. Department of Labor has been committed to writing documents in plain language since 2011, using the federal plain language guidelines.

Let us know if you have trouble understanding our documents or the pages on our website.

We're training our employees and have established an oversight process to ensure that we use plain language in any document that:

  • Is necessary for obtaining any federal government benefit or service or filing taxes;
  • Provides information about any federal government benefit or service; or
  • Explains to the public how to comply with a requirement that the federal government administers or enforces.

We've also assigned staff to oversee our plain language efforts:

  • Laura M. Dawkins, Director of Regulatory and Programmatic Policy, OASP, Senior Official for Plain Language
  • Corman G. Franklin, Economist, OASP, Plain Language Coordinator

You can contact us or any of the representatives from the DOL agency plain language team.

Plain Writing Plan

Plain Writing Act Annual Compliance Reports

Additional Resources