Pharmacy Industry Award in plain language pilot


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The Pharmacy Industry Award has been selected by the Fair Work Commission for a pilot project to look at how a modern award can be written in plain language.

The FWC’s President Ross has indicated the Commission will use the PIA 2010 in a plain language pilot because of “the interest the Pharmacy Guild has taken in this matter.”

Ross cited a recent statement by the Full Bench of the Commission that “an award should be able to be read by an employer or employee without needing a history lesson or paid advocate to interpret how it is to apply in the workplace”.

The Executive Director of the Guild, David Quilty, says: “The selection of the Pharmacy Industry Award for this important pilot is a significant development which would not have occurred if the Guild had not put forward a plain English draft in our original submissions to the four year review of the award in April this year.

“The use of plain language makes the law, in this case the PIA, directly relevant to those who are affected by it – both employers and employees. It is vital that laws are understandable for as many people as possible,” Quilty says.

The pilot will entail the Commission engaging an external expert in plain language drafting to develop a plain language version of the award. The plain language draft is not intended to change the substantive legal effect of any award term.

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