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Since it was published in February, Wageline's newly revised Guide to who is in the WA state system has been one of the most popular new pages on the Wageline website. 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...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Jul 2017
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when working in certain regional towns. A location allowance is paid to employees in regional areas to compensate for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. The location allowance is varied in July each year, in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for the cost of living, excluding...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Jul 2017
The state minimum wage for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards have increased effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2017. In June the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission awarded a $16 per week increase in the state minimum wage for adult award free employees, lifting it to $708.90 per week from 1 July 2017. WA Award rates of pay below $791.90 per...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Jul 2017
Wageline gets many calls from employers and employees about long service leave obligations when business ownership changes. The state long service leave obligations in the Long Service Leave Act apply to most WA businesses, including businesses covered by national modern awards. Under the Long Service Leave Act the length of employment for an employee's long service leave entitlements is based on...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Jun 2017
A common misconception amongst employers and employees is that casual employees are not entitled to long service leave. The state long service leave obligations in the Long Service Leave Act apply to most WA businesses, including businesses covered by national modern awards. Under the Long Service Leave Act , full time, part time and casual employees are all entitled to long service leave. The...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Jun 2017
Wageline has recently launched new versions of the popular record keeping templates for state system employers. Since the release Wageline has had requests from clients for word versions of these templates to be available on the website. Word versions of the record keeping templates are now available on the Record keeping requirements page . These templates are: Time and wage record template...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Jun 2017
The Public Holidays in Western Australia page has been updated to include the 2019 public holiday dates.
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Jun 2017
Over the past few weeks the Department of Commerce has been conducting a proactive compliance campaign about employers record keeping obligations. Keeping employment records is a key business requirement that many small business employers get wrong. All state system employers are legally required to keep employment records that detail time worked, leave taken and pay received by employees...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Jun 2017
Monday 5 June 2017 is the Western Australia day public holiday. Employers in the state industrial relations system can check their employment obligations for this public holiday on the Pay rates for public holidays page or contact Wageline for more information.
Labour Relations
Department News
29 May 2017
Do you know the requirements for meal breaks? Most WA awards outline requirements for meal breaks, for example, when and how they may be taken, the duration of the break, and what pay rates apply if a meal break is delayed to suit the requirements of the workplace. Employers should check the meal break provisions in the relevant WA award summaries for this information. If the employee is covered...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 May 2017
The Wageline Newsletter record keeping edition has been published today. The text of the Newsletter is below. This edition features information on the record keeping requirements and the penalites that apply to employers who fail to keep employment records. 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
08 May 2017
Over the last few months Wageline has seen a steady increase in the amount of queries on how to make a complaint about underpayment of employment entitlements. It is important for employers to be aware of their employment rights and obligations. The consequences for getting this wrong can be costly for employers. Employers who are unsure of employment obligations should visit the Finding the...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 May 2017
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 regional dates for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday for 2017 have now been published - visit the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page. In all other areas of WA the Queen’s Birthday public holiday will be held on Monday 25 September 2017.
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Mar 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
The Wageline Newsletter March 2017 edition has been published today. This edition features information on the Easter public holidays and a range of articles featuring the Employment of children in the fast food industry and 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
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

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