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The festive season has arrived! In preparation for the Christmas/ New Year period many businesses often employ extra staff as Christmas casuals to manage the increase in retail trading hours and customers over this time. Employers need to be aware of their obligations when hiring employees in this type of employment arrangement. A casual employee is someone who works irregular hours each week...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2017
The Wageline Newsletter December edition was sent last week to approximately 10,000 subscribers, and has been published on the Wageline website. This edition features information about the upcoming Christmas / New Year 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...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2017
A Greenwood medical practitioner has been fined $6280 (and ordered to pay costs of $1067) for failing to comply with a court order to supply an employee's records to an industrial inspector. Dr Patrick Allan Nugawela was found guilty of failing to comply with an order of the Industrial Magistrate's Court to produce records to an industrial inspector, and was fined in the Industrial Magistrate's...
Labour Relations
Media release
16 Nov 2017
The Christmas/ New Year period is rapidly approaching and it is important to understand public holiday obligations for the festive season. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017 Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017 New Year's Day, Monday 1 January 2018 Employers and employees should be aware of their employment obligations on these public holidays. The Christmas...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Nov 2017
Wageline often receives calls from employees who believe they have not been paid the correct wages or entitlements and Wageline advises clients on the process for resolving an underpayment issue. Wageline has developed a new fact sheet about this process which outlines the steps for an employee to follow if they are concerned about underpayment of wages or entitlements. Wageline is able to assist...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Oct 2017
Since March this year the Department has been conducting a proactive compliance campaign about the employment of children in the fast food industry. The campaign has been aimed at fast food businesses in the Perth metropolitan area and is about educating employers about the employment of children laws under the Children and Community Services Act 2004 . The Department is now extending this...
Labour Relations
Department News
25 Oct 2017
A common misconception about the employment of casual employees is that an employee can be a 'full time casual' or a 'permanent casual.' A casual employee is an employee employed to work on an irregular basis with no expectation of ongoing work. There is no type of employment which is 'full time casual' or 'permanent casual.' Employers need to be aware that if a casual employee is working regular...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Oct 2017
A common question Wageline is asked by both employers and employees is 'which WA award applies?' WA awards are legal documents that cover many businesses and employees in the state industrial relations system and these awards set the minimum pay rates and entitlements for an industry or occupation. Knowing which award covers a particular industry or occupation can sometimes be complex. Wageline...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Oct 2017
Business owners and business advisors need to be aware that all employers must comply with Western Australia's laws on employment of children. The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates where, when, and at what age children can be employed. In most industries, children under 15 cannot be employed unless they are working in a family business run by a relative or in a not for profit...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Oct 2017
Wageline often receives calls about the requirements for paying out annual leave when an employee resigns or is terminated. Under the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 employees who leave their employment lawfully, or who are dismissed by the employer through no fault of their own, must receive payment for all annual leave (including pro rata annual leave) on termination. Under this Act,...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Sep 2017
Monday 25 September is the Queen's Birthday public holiday in Perth and most of regional Western Australia. 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
20 Sep 2017
The Wageline Newsletter September edition has been published. This edition features information about the Perth Royal Show and the information employers need to know when employing temporary staff for this event. Wageline Newsletter is an email service which provides updates on: increase to state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay other changes to key WA awards critical issues employers need...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Sep 2017
The Perth Royal Show is fast approaching and each year the Show provides employment opportunities for many people in a wide range of jobs. Business owners who want to employ children at the Perth Royal Show must abide by the provisions of the Children and Community Services Act 2004 which regulates where, when and at what age children can be employed. These laws apply to children in all...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 Sep 2017
Earlier this year the Department conducted a proactive compliance campaign about the employment of children in the fast food industry. Almost 1000 fast food employers across the Perth metropolitan area were provided with an information pack about the employment of children under the Children and Community Services Act 2004 . Information was also sent to the offices of relevant franchise groups...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Aug 2017
Getting the right employment information from the right people is critical to business success. Wageline often gets calls in which small business owners say – “I had no idea I had to pay that” when Wageline tells them about their employment obligations. Western Australia has two industrial relations systems and a business owner’s employment obligations will depend on which system covers their...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Aug 2017
Wageline has launched new versions of its popular leave calculation guides. The annual leave, sick leave and long service leave calculation guides explain and provide examples of how to calculate leave entitlements. These guides are available on the Wageline leave calculation guides page .
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Aug 2017
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
14 Aug 2017
The new and improved Wageline fact sheets for long service leave and record keeping requirements are now available on the Wageline website. These fact sheets provide critical information that employers and employees need to know about long service leave in Western Australia and record keeping requirements in the state industrial relations system. New employee or subcontractor fact sheet Wageline...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Aug 2017
In the last few months Wageline has been conducting a proactive campaign highlighting employers' obligations to keep employment records. The response to this campaign has been very positive with employers contacting Wageline for extra information and downloading our record keeping templates which assist small business meet their legal obligations. Keeping employment records is a key business...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Jul 2017
Employees in the state industrial relations system have an entitlement to carers leave from the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 . A full time or part time employee is entitled to use paid sick leave to care for a member of their family or household who is injured or ill. In the first year of employment, a full time or part time employee can use any paid sick leave that he or she has...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Jul 2017
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

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