The Department of Commerce has appointed its first senior industrial inspector and education officer to operate out of its Broome office.
Ms Margaret Lockyer, an experienced labour relations officer, will provide compliance and education services to employers and employees in Broome and throughout the Kimberley.
Compliance and Education Director Joseph Lee said: “We are very pleased to be bringing our services for the first time to Broome and the Kimberley.
“Ms Lockyer’s advice and assistance will be very useful for small businesses that are generally sole traders or partnerships that are covered by State employment law,” Mr Lee said.
“Under these laws employers are required to pay their staff at prescribed rates, which depend on their industry, the work their employees perform and the times their staff work.
“It is neither in the employer nor employee’s interest for a small business to underpay their staff. Obviously, underpaid employees miss out on their lawful pay, but equally employers run the risk of creating an unexpected wages debt, which frequently amounts to thousands of dollars.”
Ms Lockyer is available to provide small business operators, who are sole traders and partnerships, with free and confidential information on how the law applies to their workplace.
“Ms Lockyer is available to visit you at your workplace and generally within an hour can provide information on all you need to know to pay your staff correctly.”
Over the coming months, Ms Lockyer is also keen to make presentations on employment rights and obligations to groups of employers through their business associations, and to groups of employees through schools, colleges and community groups.
Ms Lockyer can be contacted directly on 9191 8400.
Employees and employers in Broome, and across the Kimberley, can find out about wage rates and other employment entitlements through Wageline on 1300 655 266 or through the Department’s website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au
Media contact: Arthur Hanlon 0408 911 322.