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The Anzac Day public holiday is on Tuesday 25 April 2017. Do you know your employment obligations for this public holiday? If an employee is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page of our website. Information about public holidays for state system award free employees is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page of our website or for more...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Apr 2017
Easter is here this weekend. Do you know your employment obligations? The Western Australian public holidays for the 2017 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 14 April 2017 Easter Monday - Monday 17 April 2017 Visit the Easter 2017 public holiday arrangement page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system employers and employees Detailed information on...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Apr 2017
Over the past few weeks the Department of Commerce has been conducting a proactive compliance campaign about the employment of children in the fast food industry. The campaign was a success with 975 fast food employers and head offices of franchise groups across the Perth metropolitan area provided with an information pack about the employment of children under the Children and Community Services...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Apr 2017
The fast food industry is a major employer of young workers. The Department of Commerce is currently undertaking a proactive compliance campaign in the fast food industry across the Perth metropolitan area to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Children and Community Services Act 2004 which regulates the employment of children under the age of 15 years. All employers in Western Australia...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Mar 2017
A Perth doctor has been ordered to pay a penalty of $4000 plus disbursements for obstructing an investigation into whether he correctly paid one of his workers. The Industrial Magistrates Court ordered the penalties against Dr Patrick Nugawela in a default judgment last month after finding he had obstructed an industrial inspector from the Department of Commerce. Dr Nugawela failed to provide...
Labour Relations
Media release
20 Mar 2017
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2017 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 14 April 2017 Easter Monday - Monday 17 April 2017 Visit the Easter 2017 public holiday arrangements page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system employers and employees Detailed information on public holiday arrangements for State system award free employees...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Mar 2017
Wageline is participating in the Small Business Development Corporation Bizlinks event for small business on Wednesday 29 March 2017. The attached flyer has details on this free event for small business owners.
Labour Relations
Event
03 Mar 2017
Monday 6 March is the Labour Day public holiday. Employers should be aware of their obligations on this public holiday, including public holiday pay rates. If an employer is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page of our website. Information about public holidays for award free employers is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page of our website...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Feb 2017
Two different industrial relations systems operate in WA, the state system and the national fair work system. Which system applies to a particular business or organisation and its employees depends on the type of business arrangement under which the employer operates. Wageline's newly revised Guide to who is in the WA state system provides an overview of which types of business are included in...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Feb 2017
The Wageline Newsletter provides employment information direct to your inbox and helps employers stay informed about critical issues employers need to know to comply with state employment law. The Newsletter will also update you on increases to the state minimum wage, WA award rates of pay and other changes to key WA awards. To subscribe to the Wageline Newsletter visit the Wageline Newsletter...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Feb 2017
Currently the Department of Commerce is undertaking a proactive compliance campaign for fruit and vegetable growers in regional Western Australia. This means that selected growers are being required to provide time and wages records to the Department as evidence that correct wages are being paid to employees. Employers in the state industrial relations system are legally required to maintain time...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Jan 2017
Wageline receives a number of calls each year about employees cashing out their annual leave or long service leave. It is important as an employer to be aware of the circumstances in which leave can be cashed out and the conditions that need to be met before an employee can cash out their leave. The Annual leave page details when cashing out annual leave is possible . The Long service leave page...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Jan 2017
Wageline is regularly asked about the key differences between subcontractors and employees. If a person is engaged as a subcontractor but is legally considered an employee, the person could potentially be owed unpaid entitlements. The Employee or Subcontractor page has information on the differences between an employee and a subcontractor including an Employee or Subcontractor Checklist which is...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Jan 2017
The Christmas / New Year period is rapidly approaching and it is important to understand public holiday obligations for the festive season. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December 2016 / Monday 26 December 2016 Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2016 / Tuesday 27 December 2016 New Year’s Day, Sunday 1 January 2017 / Monday 2 January 2017 Which day is the public holiday in...
Labour Relations
Alert
16 Dec 2016
The summer holidays have arrived and this means school is out for the year. Often during this time children are keen to earn some extra money by getting a job for the summer break. Employers, parents and young workers must be aware that there are restrictions on which types of businesses can employ children under the age of 15 and restrictions on working hours for children that apply during...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Dec 2016
Over the festive season Wageline's opening hours will be: Monday 26 December Closed Tuesday 27 December Closed Wednesday 28 December 10am - 4.30pm Thursday 29 December 8.30am - 4.30pm Friday 30 December 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday 2 January Closed Tuesday 3 January 8.30am - 4.30pm Please contact Wageline on 1300 655 266 with your queries about employment arrangements.
Labour Relations
Alert
15 Dec 2016
The Commerce website will be unavailable for between 10-20 minutes sometime between the hours of 6pm and 9pm on Thursday night, 15 December. This is being done to improve the security of network connections. Disruption to people wanting to access the site or use various business systems should be minimal, but we do apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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Alert
14 Dec 2016
Wageline receives calls every week about employees' hours of work. Often employers want to know if there is a limit to how many hours they can require their employee to work. The Hours of work page of the Wageline website provides information about reasonable additional hours of work and the factors employers need to consider when asking their employees to work those extra hours.
Labour Relations
Department News
29 Nov 2016
The Wageline Newsletter December 2016 edition has been published today. This edition launches the new look for the Newsletter and features information on Christmas New Year public holidays and a range of articles featuring common questions employers ask Wageline. Wageline Newsletter is an email service which provides updates on: increases to the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay other...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Nov 2016
When faced with the loss of a family or household member, one of the first considerations is often how much leave an employee can take and whether they will be paid for their period of absence. The question that is often asked by both employees and employers is whether bereavement leave covers all employees and what relationships and situations are covered. Bereavement leave is a minimum...
Labour Relations
Department News
25 Nov 2016
Many WA awards require employers to provide payslips to their employees. It is good business practice to provide a payslip as this may help to avoid confusion and disputes if queries arise. The Payslip requirements page provides further information and provides a payslip template to help employers provide payslips to their employees.
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Nov 2016
Notice of termination is an issue about which both employers and employees regularly contact Wageline. There are minimum notice periods required for full time and part time employees based on how long the employee has been employed and the employee's age. Employers commonly ask if a terminated employee must work for all of their notice period. The employer can choose whether they require notice...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Nov 2016
Wageline has launched new versions of the popular record keeping templates for state system employers. These six templates are designed to help small business employers meet their legal obligations for time and record keeping and keep accurate employee leave records. A payslip template is also available for providing employees with details on their pay each pay period. A common record keeping...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Nov 2016
State system employees are entitled to unpaid parental leave under the National Employment Standards (NES) and also additional unpaid parental leave entitlements from the state Minimum Conditions of Employment Act . For further information visit the Parental Leave page . A common question Wageline receives from employers and employees is - "Can an employee take parental leave at the same time as...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Nov 2016
Wageline frequently receives calls from both employees and employers regarding the issue of deductions from pay and when it is lawful for a deduction to occur. Information on this issue is on the Deductions from pay page.
Labour Relations
Alert
27 Oct 2016

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