Wageline Newsletter September 2016 Edition
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The Wageline Newsletter September 2016 edition has been published today.
Wageline Newsletter is an email service which provides updates on:
- increases to the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay
- other changes to key WA awards
- critical issues employers need to know to comply with state employment laws
You can subscribe to the Wageline Newsletter on the Wageline Newsletter page.
Wageline's new and improved leave calculation guides
Wageline has launched new versions of the annual leave sick leave and long service leave calculation guides used by thousands of our clients. The new guides, which explain and provide examples of how to calculate leave entitlements, are available on our website - view them here.
Queen’s birthday public holiday
Monday 26 September 2016 is the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in Perth and parts of regional Western Australia. Employers who need information on public holiday obligations can:
- Visit the Pay rates for public holidays page on the Wageline website to learn more about public holiday obligations and answers to frequently asked questions
- Check the relevant WA award summary if covered by a WA award that has a Wageline summary
New long service leave information available
The long service leave information on the Wageline website has been expanded. The page now provides:
- more detail on who is covered by the Long Service Leave 1958
- more answers to frequently asked questions
- a link to Wageline’s new Long Service Leave Calculation Guide
One of the most frequently asked questions to Wageline about long service leave is how is an entitlement calculated for part time or casual employees. Visit the long service leave page for all the details.
It is Show Time!
Each year, the Perth Royal Show and Regional Agricultural Shows provide employment opportunities for many people in a wide range jobs. Employers need to ensure that legal obligations are met for employees working in show time jobs, including the pay rates and working hours under any applicable WA award or the minimum rates of pay for award free employees, and that time and wages records are kept.
Wageline receives queries every year about employment of children during agricultural shows. Western Australia’s laws about when and where children can work apply to all employers and all workplaces. The When children can work page has all the details.
Understanding the differences between employees and subcontractor
Every year Wageline receives hundreds of calls about the differences in working arrangements between employees and subcontractors.
New information has been added to Employee or Subcontractor page on the Wageline website including a new version of Wageline’s Employee or Subcontractor Checklist which is designed to assist in understanding the key aspects of each type of working arrangement.
Ending the employment relationship
The termination and dismissal section of the Wageline website has information for employers on dismissal requirements, notice periods and redundancy obligations that can assist employers handling a termination. Information on managing employee performance and employer obligations for notifying employees about significant workplace change is also included on the website. .
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