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Wageline frequently receives calls from both employees and employers regarding the issue of deductions from pay and when it is lawful for a deduction to occur. Information on this issue is on the Deductions from pay page.
Labour Relations
Alert
27 Oct 2016
A new version of Wageline's Restaurant Tearoom and Catering Workers Award WA Award Summary is now available which contains more detail on pay rates for junior employees. If you have queries about junior rates under this award, please contact Wageline on 1300 655 266.
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Oct 2016
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...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Sep 2016
Every year Wageline receives hundreds of calls about the differences in working arrangements between employees and subcontractors. New information has been added to the Employee or Subcontractor page , 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.
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Sep 2016
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 the Wageline's Leave Calculation Guides page .
Labour Relations
Department News
29 Aug 2016
On Wednesday 10 August 2016, Wageline will be temporarily unavailable between 10.00am and 10.30am.
Labour Relations
Alert
09 Aug 2016
Wageline is moving on Friday 29 July and we are closing early at 3pm on this day. Wageline will reopen at 9.30am on Monday 1 August ready to take your calls. From Tuesday 2 August, Wageline will have new standard operating hours: Monday: 8.30am- 4.30pm Tuesday 8.30am- 4.30pm Wednesday: 10.00am- 4.30pm Thursday: 8.30am- 4.30pm Friday: 8.30am- 4.30pm
Labour Relations
Department News
25 Jul 2016
Wageline has updated the minimum rates for award-free employees and the pay rates in Wageline’s WA Award Summaries. View the new WA Award Summaries and minimum rates . The new wage rates apply from the first pay period or after 1 July 2016. The state minimum wage for adult award-free employees will increase by $13 to $692.90 per week. Adult pay rates under state awards will also increase by $13...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Jun 2016
The WA Industrial Relations Commission today increased the state minimum wage and award wages by $13 per week, effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2016. The state minimum wage for adult award-free employees will increase by $13 to $692.90 per week. Adult pay rates under state awards will also increase by $13. Junior rates will increase proportionately. Wageline will update the...
Labour Relations
Alert
10 Jun 2016
Wageline is currently developing a new look and format for its WA Award Summaries. Wageline’s WA Award Summaries provide employers and employees with a snapshot of pay rates and key employment conditions in the relevant state award, as well as critical information for employers on obligations on other state employment laws such as long service leave and employment of children. From 1 July...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Jun 2016
Monday 6 June 2016 is the Western Australia day public holiday. Employers in the state industrial relations system can check their public holiday obligations on the Pay rates for public holidays page or contact Wageline for more information.
Labour Relations
Department News
23 May 2016
The regional dates for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday for 2016 have now been published - visit the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page. In all other areas of WA the Queen’s Birthday public holiday will be held on Monday 26 September 2016.
Labour Relations
Alert
13 Apr 2016
Starting Wednesday 13 April 2016, Wageline will be open from 10am every Wednesday. Wageline’s new operating hours are: Monday: 8.30am- 5.00pm Tuesday 8.30am- 5.00pm Wednesday: 10.00am-5.00pm Thursday: 8.30am- 5.00pm Friday: 8.30am- 5.00pm Employers and employees can continue to call Wageline on 1300 655 266 with queries about: pay rates, leave entitlements and other employment arrangements in...
Labour Relations
Alert
06 Apr 2016
Private sector employers and employees now have access to combined information on employment rights and obligations. From 31 March 2016 the Labour Relations website has changed and what was previously two separate sections - one for private sector employers and one for private sector employees has been combined into a single new section titled Private Sector Employers and Employees . All key...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Mar 2016
The Industrial Magistrates Court has fined the owner of a Fremantle hairdressing salon over $7,000 for underpaying two employees more than $9,000 between 2011 and 2013. Maurizio Raffa, who owned the Amore for Hair salon, was found to have underpaid a junior apprentice hairdresser $7,300.05 and a senior hairdresser $2,025.72. Mr Raffa was fined $5,830 for underpaying the apprentice and a further $...
Labour Relations
Media release
04 Mar 2016
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2016 Easter period are: Good Friday, Friday 24 March 2016 Easter Monday, Monday 28 March 2016 Award covered employees Employers covered by a WA award should check the relevant award for details on public holiday entitlements and payment arrangements. Some WA awards also provide for additional Easter Saturday rates of pay. The most used of these are...
Labour Relations
Alert
03 Mar 2016
The Industrial Magistrates Court has ordered a hairdressing salon owner to back pay a former employee $4230.75 in unpaid long service leave and pay in lieu of notice. In March 2014, Mr Ahmad Hamdan, who operated the N Style Hair Studio in Heathridge, sold his hairdressing business and failed to notify a 57-year-old hairdresser that her employment would not continue with the new owners. At that...
Labour Relations
Media release
22 Feb 2016
The state Electrical Contracting Industry Award has been amended to increase the tool allowance to $16.80 per week for tradespeople (with a proportionate increase for apprentices). Other allowances including meal allowance and the leading hand allowance have also been increased. The changes were effective as of the first pay period on or after 5 November 2015. The most common allowances are...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Feb 2016
Most WA awards require employers to provide pay slips to employees. It is good practice for all employers to issue pay slips, as they enable employees to be fully informed about what they are being paid. Employers should check what specific information the relevant WA award requires them to provide to employees. The Payslips Requirements page details the standard inclusions on a payslip and links...
Labour Relations
Alert
11 Feb 2016
The Public Holidays in Western Australia page has been updated to include the 2018 dates for most public holidays. The Queen’s Birthday public holiday for 2018 is yet to be proclaimed and the date for this public holiday will be published at a later date.
Labour Relations
Alert
02 Feb 2016
The state Metal Trades (General) Award has been amended to increase the tool allowance to $17.10 per week for tradespeople (with a proportionate increase for apprentices). Other allowances including meal allowance and the leading hand allowance have also been increased. The changes were effective as of the first pay period on or after 5 November 2015. The most common allowances are displayed in...
Labour Relations
Alert
15 Jan 2016
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when working in certain regional towns. Visit the Location Allowance page for details on which WA awards have a location allowance requirement, which WA towns it applies to and the payment rates for location allowance.
Labour Relations
Alert
14 Dec 2015
The public holidays for the 2015-16 Christmas - New Year period are: Christmas Day, Friday 25 December 2015 Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December 2015/Monday 28 December 2015 New Year’s Day, Friday 1 January 2016 This year, Boxing Day falls on a Saturday. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act , if Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, the next following Monday is also a public holiday. However, which day...
Labour Relations
Alert
25 Nov 2015
A 2.1% increase to the state minimum wage and all WA award pay rates was effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2015. The state minimum wage for award-free employees increased by $14 per week and the new adult minimum wage is $679.90 per week. Minimum rates for award-free juniors, apprentices and trainees are available on the Minimum pay rates for award free employees page. Wage...
Labour Relations
Alert
11 Jun 2015
The regional dates for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday for 2015 have now been finalised - visit the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page for details. In all other areas of WA the Queen’s Birthday public holiday is on Monday 28 September 2015.
Labour Relations
Alert
11 May 2015

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