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Private Sector Labour Relations has just launched a new community education campaign to help Western Australian employers and employees understand employment rights. The Employment Rights in WA campaign aims to raise employers’ and employees’ awareness of their employment rights and obligations and the pathways for employees to resolve an alleged underpayment. A key part of the campaign is...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Jul 2021
Wageline has just launched a publication to help small business owners who are new to employing staff. Understanding employment obligations - a guide for new employers in the state industrial relations system answers many of the questions commonly asked by new employers in the state industrial relations system. The guide is also very relevant for any small business owners who want to ensure they...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Jul 2021
Business owners and their accountants need to be aware that when someone purchases a business or part of a business in Western Australia, if there has been a transmission of business, the new owner will take on the long service leave obligations for existing employees, and this is regardless of anything written in a sale of business contract. In order to be entitled to long service leave under...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Jul 2021
In the 2020/21 financial year, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors recovered $1,240,151 in unpaid wages and leave entitlements for employees covered by state employment laws. A total of 199 complaints lodged with Private Sector Labour Relations resulted in $566,678 being recovered for employees, with a further $518,348 recovered through an ongoing proactive compliance campaign...
Labour Relations
Media release
06 Jul 2021
The school holidays are just starting and many young workers will be keen to earn some extra money by working over the break, but in Western Australia there are restrictions on where and when children under 15 can work. Employers, parents and young workers need to know that children who are 13 or 14 can only work in a shop, fast food outlet, cafe, restaurant or deliver newspapers or other...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Jul 2021
On 24 June 2021, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The state minimum wage for adult employees (21 and over) has increased by 2.5% or $19 per week to $779.00 per week. WA award rates of pay have increased by 2.5%. Junior rates and rates for apprentices...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Jul 2021
The state minimum wage and all WA award rates of pay are increasing by 2.5% from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission issued the 2021 State Wage Case decision on 24 June 2021. Wageline now has available the July 2021 versions of its WA award summaries which include the new rates of pay that will apply from 1 July 2021, and has...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Jun 2021
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has today increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The state minimum wage for adult employees (21 and over) will increase by 2.5% ($19 per week) to $779.00 per week. WA award rates of pay will also increase by 2.5%. Junior rates and rates for apprentices and...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 Jun 2021
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when employed in certain regional towns. Location allowances have just been increased by the 2021 Location Allowance General Order, and new rates take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The new rates for each town and a list of the relevant WA awards are available on the Location Allowance for employees in...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Jun 2021
All employers covered by the WA state industrial relations system are legally required to keep employment records. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships or unincorporated trusts. Employment records must be in English and can be written or electronic, as long as they can be printed. They must be kept for at least seven years after they are...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jun 2021
Award coverage for pharmacy assistants employed by businesses in the state industrial relations system has long been a complex and contested issue. On 3 May 2021, the Western Australian Industrial Appeal Court issued a decision determining that the state Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award does cover pharmacy assistants. This decision is available on the WA Industrial...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Jun 2021
There are two systems of employment law that operate in WA – the state industrial relations system and the national fair work system. These systems have different employment obligations, so getting the right information is critical. Employers and employees cannot choose which system they operate under. The state system includes businesses and organisations (and their employees) that operate as...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Jun 2021
Wageline is marking one year since the launch of the WA long service leave calculator. Over the past year the long service leave calculator has proven to be a valuable tool for both employers and employees, with it being accessed over 74,000 times. The WA long service leave calculator provides an estimate of an employee’s long service leave entitlement when employment ends, for those covered by...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jun 2021
The owner of a hairdressing chain has been ordered to pay $90,000 in unpaid employment entitlements and interest to two employees. Wei Zhu - trading as Shining Quick Cuts – was ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to pay the employees their outstanding entitlements after enforcement action was taken by Private Sector Labour Relations. The order followed an investigation by industrial...
Labour Relations
Media release
01 Jun 2021
Each year Wageline receives many calls from employers and employees regarding deductions from pay. In the WA state industrial relations system, it is unlawful for an employer to deduct any money from an employee’s wages unless that deduction has been authorised in writing by the employee, or the deduction is authorised by a WA award or agreement, a court order, or a state or federal law. A common...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 May 2021
Port Headland and Karratha in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public on different dates, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area. The dates for 2021 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 27 September 2021.
Labour Relations
Department News
18 May 2021
Western Australian workers can find out how to report deliberate underpayment of wages or entitlements at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au . The Reporting wage theft in Western Australia website assists workers 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...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 May 2021
The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates where, when, and at what age children can be employed in Western Australia and these laws apply to all employers throughout the state. In most industries, children under 15 cannot be employed unless they are working in a family business run by a relative such as a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent; performing professionally as an actor,...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 May 2021
There are two systems of employment law that operate in WA – the state industrial relations system and the national fair work system. These systems have different employment obligations, so getting the right information is critical. Employers and employees cannot choose which system they operate in. Wageline’s new WA employer essentials at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/WA-employers explains: how to...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 May 2021
Employees who believe they have been underpaid can make an underpayment complaint to Wageline, which is part of Private Sector Labour Relations at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The process for making a complaint is set out at Making a Complaint about underpayment of wages or entitlements . State system employees For state system employees, Private Sector Labour...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Apr 2021
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when employed in certain regional towns. The allowance amount varies by town and is paid to compensate employees for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. Junior, casual and part time employees as well as apprentices and trainees must be paid a proportionate location allowance. Employees...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Apr 2021
Wageline has published two new WA award summaries for the: Retail Pharmacists Award ; and Photographic Industry Award The Retail Pharmacists Award covers employees working in retail pharmacies and/or dispensaries as pharmacists, pharmacist managers, pharmacists-in-charge, trainee pharmacists (interns) and pharmacy students in the state industrial relations system. The Photographic Industry Award...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Apr 2021
Long service leave is a paid leave entitlement for employees who have continuous employment with one and the same employer for a specified period. The majority of private sector Western Australian businesses and employees in both the state and national industrial relations systems are covered by the state Long Service Leave Act 1958. Detailed information is available on the Long service leave –...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Apr 2021
Easter is almost here and before the long weekend begins, employers and employees in the state industrial relations system should check their employment entitlements for the Easter period. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2021 Easter period are: Good Friday – 2 April Easter Monday – 5 April The Easter 2021 public holiday page provides information on employment entitlements for:...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Apr 2021
In May 2020, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission issued the COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order. This General Order applied to private sector state system employer and employees who were participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper scheme. The COVID-19 JobKeeper General Order allowed qualifying employers to temporarily stand down an employee or reduce their hours of work. On 28...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Mar 2021

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