Wageline is urging small business employers who operate as sole traders or partnerships to check whether they are paying their staff correctly this week.
Earlier in the year, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission announced increases to the state minimum wage and state award pay rates, effective from July 1. July 3 is being dubbed “Check your Pay Day” by the Department of Commerce.
Last year, the Department of Commerce investigated more than 400 instances of employers underpaying staff a total of more than $650,000. Many of these underpayments arose from employers failing to incorporate these annual wage increases into staff payroll.
Department of Commerce Director of Compliance and Education, Joseph Lee, said today the department found many small business owners who failed to keep up with annual pay increases owed to their staff.
“Over time, a small shortfall in pay rates can result in claims for sometimes thousands of dollars in back payments,” Mr Lee said.
Check Your Pay Day encourages business owners who operate as sole traders and partnerships to call Wageline on 1300 655 266 to check the new rates applicable from July 1, 2013.
“In the space of a five-minute call to Wageline, employers will have all the information they need on paying their staff correctly,” Mr Lee said.
“Wageline provides year-round free and confidential employment information to assist employers and employees.”
Media contact: Joseph Lee 9222 7751.