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Wageline’s WA long service leave calculator was launched in May 2020, and has already been used by employers and employees over 5,000 times. The WA long service leave calculator can provide an estimate of an employee’s long service leave entitlement when employment ends as a result of resignation, dismissal, death or redundancy. The WA long service leave calculator is relevant to employees...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jul 2020
As part of the State Government’s strategies to combat wage theft, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is co-ordinating the Getting Employment Right Grants Program (Grants Program) in 2020/21. Under the Grants Program, applications will be assessed and DMIRS will allocate funding to successful employer and employee organisations to develop and deliver education...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jul 2020
On 26 June 2020 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC decision grants a 1.75% per week increase in the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay from 1 January 2021 . The new state minimum wage from 1 January 2021 will be $760.00 per week. The minimum pay rates for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Jun 2020
Many private sector WA awards require employers to pay an employee working in certain regional towns a location allowance to compensate for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. The location allowance is varied in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for the cost of living, excluding housing. The location allowance payable for each town has...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Jun 2020
Wageline’s new WA long service leave calculator is now available in the long service leave section of the Wageline website. The WA long service leave calculator can provide an estimate of an employee’s long service leave entitlement when employment ends as a result of resignation, dismissal, death or redundancy. The WA long service leave calculator is relevant to employees covered by the WA Long...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Jun 2020
The Industrial Magistrates Court has ruled that an aged care worker was entitled to almost $10,000 for unpaid long service leave after being employed on a casual basis for 13 years. The casual personal care assistant worked for Atlantic Healthcare Services (Ubiquitous Holdings Pty Ltd) between 2001 and 2014 and during this period was placed with a number of health care clients. Private Sector...
Labour Relations
Media release
05 Jun 2020
Temporary state system COVID-19 JobKeeper provisions have been introduced for private sector state system employers and employees who are participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper scheme. These provisions were implemented by the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order issued by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 15 May 2020. The state system JobKeeper provisions allow employers...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 May 2020
The Industrial Magistrates Court has ordered chartered accountancy firm Hall Chadwick (WA) Pty Ltd to pay a former tax accountant $21,604.79 for unpaid long service leave entitlements plus $3,500 in interest. The tax accountant had been employed by Hall Chadwick for more than 10 years but did not receive payment for accrued long service leave when she resigned in 2017. Private Sector Labour...
Labour Relations
Media release
01 May 2020
Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public holiday on different dates. The dates for 2020 are now available on the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page. In all other areas of Western Australia, the Queen's Birthday public holiday will be held on Monday 28 September 2020.
Labour Relations
Department News
29 Apr 2020
An entitlement to two weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave has been introduced for private sector state system employees. New flexibility provisions enabling employers and employees to agree to an employee taking twice as much annual leave at half pay or to agree for the employee to take annual leave in advance have also been implemented. These new provisions are effective from 14 April 2020. The new...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Apr 2020
The Employment impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus page of the Wageline website provides detailed information for state system employers and employees on employment obligations and entitlements relevant to a range of situations arising from the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This information is relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system - sole traders,...
Labour Relations
Department News
25 Mar 2020
Information update Two different industrial relations systems operate in Western Australia the state system and the national fair work system. The state system covers sole traders, unincorporated partnerships and trusts and some incorporated or not for profit organisations. For employers and employees covered by the state system, information is being regularly updated on the Employment impacted...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Mar 2020
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2020 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 10 April Easter Monday – Monday 13 April While Easter Saturday is not a public holiday in Western Australia, some WA awards require employees to be paid additional rates on this day. To check if this applies to your situation visit the WA award summaries page or alternatively contact Wageline on 1300 655...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Mar 2020
Circular 4/2020 sets out workforce flexibilities available to public sector employers. The State Government is monitoring the situation in relation to COVID-19 and responding accordingly, and this Circular will be updated and reissued as required. This Circular replaces PSLR Circular 3/2020, “Novel coronavirus and absence from work”. Circular 4/2020 – COVID-19 and employment flexibilities This...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Mar 2020
The owner of a now-closed North Perth café has been ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to back pay $24,337 in unpaid award wages and interest to five former employees. Ms Jodie Cooper, who operated the Cloud Nine Vegan café, was also penalised $9,000 for the 24 contraventions of the Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers’ Award 1979 . When setting the penalties, Industrial Magistrate...
Labour Relations
Media release
06 Mar 2020
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2020 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 10 April Easter Monday – Monday 13 April If you are covered by the state industrial relations system, the Easter 2020 public holiday page contains information on employment entitlements for: award free employers and employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award Restaurant,...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Feb 2020
The public holiday for Labour Day in 2020 is Monday 2 March. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , in Western Australia the Labour Day public holiday takes place on the first Monday in March. The Labour Day 2020 public holiday page provides information on entitlements for: state system award free employers and employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Feb 2020
A circular has been issued for public sector employers on entitlements for employees absent from work because of health advice related to novel coronavirus.
Labour Relations
Department News
04 Feb 2020
Western Australian workers can visit the wage theft website at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au for assistance with how to: seek help with resolving an underpayment issue or unpaid annual or long service leave; report wage theft anonymously to the relevant government department; or seek help with unpaid superannuation. Visit www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au for more information.
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Feb 2020
One in four nail salons were found to be non-compliant with state employment laws in a proactive compliance audit undertaken by industrial inspectors at Private Sector Labour Relations. The major breach identified was underpayment of wages, with some salons paying rates of pay below the State minimum wage. A total of $50,441.68 was recovered from the 26 non-compliant nail salons for 55 employees...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Jan 2020
Under the Western Australia Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , Anzac Day takes place on 25 April, but when that day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the next following Monday is also a public holiday. In 2020, Anzac Day falls on Saturday 25 April. Subsequently, Saturday 25 April and Monday 27 April are both public holidays in Western Australia. However, employees in the state industrial relations...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Jan 2020
Industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations recovered a total of $344,537 in unpaid wages and entitlements in the second half of 2019. Successful conciliation of underpayment matters has resulted in significant amounts of unpaid long service leave entitlements being recovered for Western Australian workers. Between July and December 2019, industrial inspectors recovered a total of...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Jan 2020
The public holiday for Australia Day in 2020 is Monday 27 January, not Sunday 26 January. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , in Western Australia the Australia Day public holiday takes place on 26 January, or when that day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday. The Australia Day public holiday entitlements for 2020 page provides information on entitlements for: state...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jan 2020
A South West business owner has been fined for not paying wages and ordered to pay unpaid wages to a young overseas worker for work done as part of the Working Holiday Maker program. The business owner has been ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to pay the backpacker $10,593.58 in unpaid wages and entitlements plus interest of $1,979.94. The Industrial Magistrates Court also ordered the...
Labour Relations
Media release
09 Jan 2020
Wageline has just launched two new publications to help state system employers keep correct employment records. The two publications – one for employers covered by a WA award, and one for employers whose employees are award free – feature helpful step by step guides to record keeping and Wageline’s new look record keeping templates. State system employers have a legal obligation to keep correct...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Jan 2020

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