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Private Sector Labour Relations Division industrial inspectors have recently conducted a proactive compliance campaign focused on small businesses in the nail and beauty industry. As part of the compliance campaign, 50 state system nail and beauty salons had their employment records analysed by industrial inspectors to ensure that employees are being paid correctly and that the mandatory...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Oct 2018
This year the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in Western Australia will be held on Monday 24 September 2018. Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public holiday on an alternative date, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area. Visit the Regional Dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page on the Wageline website for details.
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Sep 2018
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Sep 2018
The owner-operators of a plumbing and gas fitting business in the Perth Hills have been fined $22,000 for underpaying their apprentice plumber over a period of two years. The Industrial Magistrates Court found the couple had underpaid the apprentice, failed to pay him for all rostered days off and failed to pay him for untaken annual leave on termination of employment. Industrial Magistrate Flynn...
Labour Relations
Media release
10 Sep 2018
Wageline is providing horse riding schools and equestrian centre businesses across WA with information about their obligations for employing children as part of a campaign to increase awareness that children under 15 cannot be employed in this industry. The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates the employment of children under the age of 15 years and applies to all businesses in...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Sep 2018
Long service leave payments can be a hidden cost when buying a business. Small business owners and their accountants need to be aware that when someone purchases a business or part of a business in Western Australia, in most circumstances the new owner will take on the long service leave obligations for existing employees, for the whole period of their employment. This applies regardless of...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Aug 2018
Industrial Inspectors in the Private Sector Labour Relations Division assisted Western Australian workers recover a total of $458,290 in unpaid wages and entitlements in the last financial year. This amount included nearly $300,000 in unpaid long service leave and $137,000 in wages and other entitlements under WA awards, such as annual leave and tool allowances. The largest amount was $30,000 for...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Aug 2018
One of the commonly asked questions to Wageline is 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...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Aug 2018
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
06 Aug 2018
All businesses which employ children must comply with the laws on where, when and at what age children can be employed. The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates employment of children in Western Australia and these laws apply to all employers throughout the State. In most industries, children under 15 cannot be employed unless they are working in a family business run by a relative...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Jul 2018
Wageline continues to be a valuable service for employers and employees in Western Australia. In the last financial year, Wageline had 1.5 million website visits, handled 16,000 calls and responded to nearly 1000 email enquiries from clients. Wageline has both state and national system clients, and helps national system employers and employees understand long service leave entitlements and the...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jul 2018
Many WA awards require employers to pay an employee working in certain regional towns a location allowance to compensate for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. The location allowance is varied in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for the cost of living, excluding housing. The location allowance payable for each town has increased and is...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jul 2018
The posting of racist signs in Pinjin in the Goldfields is resoundingly condemned by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).
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Media release
03 Jul 2018
The 1 July 2018 pay rates are now available on the Minimum pay rates for award free employees page and the WA award summaries page of the Wageline website. If you are covered by a WA award that does not have a Wageline summary, check the new rates in the award on the WA Industrial Relations Commission website when available or contact Wageline on 1300 655 266. The state minimum wage for award...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Jun 2018
Today the WA Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage for adult award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2018. The Commission has awarded a $18 per week increase in the state minimum wage for award free employees, lifting it to $726.90 per week. WA award rates of pay will also increase by $18 per week...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Jun 2018
The Anzac Day public holiday is this Wednesday 25 April 2018. Regardless of whether your business is closed on this public holiday you should check you are meeting your employment obligations for this day. For more information about your public holiday obligations visit the Pay rates for public holidays page . Wageline will be closed on Anzac Day and will reopen on Thursday 26 April at 8.30am.
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Apr 2018
Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public holiday on an alternative date. The dates for these regional areas are now available on the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page . In all other areas the Queen's Birthday public holiday in Western Australia will be held on Monday 24 September 2018.
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Apr 2018
Do casuals get long service leave? What happens to an employee's long service leave when I buy a business? How do I calculate long service leave? These are some of the common questions Wageline deals with on a daily basis when asked about long service leave. Long service leave can be complex, especially when you're trying to work out what an employee's entitlement is. But Wageline is here to help...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Apr 2018
Do you find it difficult to keep up to date with your employment obligations? Wageline has a solution. The Wageline Newsletter is an email service for state system employers that keeps you up to date with any critical issues to do with employment and any key changes to WA state employment laws. Information you need to know will be delivered direct to your inbox making it easier for you to comply...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Apr 2018
Easter has arrived and before the long weekend begins employers should check their employment obligations for the Easter period. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2018 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 30 March Easter Monday - Monday 2 April Visit the Easter 2018 public holiday arrangement page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Mar 2018
The Interim Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System was published on 20 March 2018. The Interim Report outlines the issues arising out of a consideration of the Terms of Reference, stakeholder meetings and submissions to the Review, together with a set of proposed recommendations, for discussion and submissions, and particular issues for which further submissions...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Mar 2018
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2018 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 30 March Easter Monday - Monday 2 April While Easter Saturday is not considered a public holiday in Western Australia, some WA awards require employees to be paid additional rates on this day. To check if this applies to your situation visit the WA award summaries page or alternatively contact Wageline ...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Mar 2018
The Wageline Newsletter March edition was sent today to approximately 5,000 subscribers, and has been published on the Wageline website. This edition features information about the upcoming Easter public holidays and what employers need to know about their employment obligations over this period, as well as a range of other critical information for state system employers. Wageline newsletter is...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Mar 2018
Monday 5 March is the Labour Day public holiday. Employers should be aware of their employment obligations on this public holiday, including public holiday rates of pay. If an employee is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page . Information about public holidays for award free employees is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page or for further...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Feb 2018
The Easter period is rapidly approaching and it is important to understand the public holiday obligations for Easter. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2018 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 30 March Easter Monday - Monday 2 April Visit the Easter 2018 public holiday arrangements page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system employers...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Feb 2018

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