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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
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
06 Jan 2020
It is that time of the year where people are getting their last minute Christmas shopping done and many businesses are preparing to wind down for the holiday period. Although it is a time for some employers and employees to switch off and take a break, it is important to understand your employment obligations over the festive holiday period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day,...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Dec 2019
The school holidays are just starting and many children will be keen to earn some extra money by getting a job for the summer break. Employers, parents and young workers must be aware that there are restrictions on which types of businesses can employ children under the age of 15. There are also restrictions on working hours for children that apply during school holidays as well as term time. For...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Dec 2019
The Wageline contact centre will be closed from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020, and will reopen at 8:30am on Thursday 2 January 2020. Information on employment obligations and entitlements will continue to be available during that period on the Wageline website, www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/wageline .
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Dec 2019
The new wage theft website at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au assists Western Australian 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 superannuation. Visit www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au for more information.
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Dec 2019
The Report of the Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia was released by the State Government on 6 December 2019. The Inquiry Report makes a total of 28 recommendations to address wage theft in Western Australia. Broadly, the recommendations include strategies which aim to: increase awareness of employment rights and obligations in Western Australia; provide a pathway for employees who have...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Dec 2019
Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors helped employees to recover over $377,990 in unpaid entitlements in the 2018–19 financial year. 168 complaints lodged with Private Sector Labour Relations resulted in $310,315 being recovered for employees whilst $67,675 was recovered as a result of proactive audits in targeted industries. Wageline also answered more than 13,026 calls, sent...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Dec 2019
The Christmas/ New Year period is fast approaching and it is important to understand public holiday obligations for the festive season. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Wednesday 25 December 2019 Boxing Day, Thursday 26 December 2019 New Year's Day, Wednesday 1 January 2020 Employers and employees should be aware of their employment obligations on these public holidays. The...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Nov 2019
It is important to understand the difference between whether a worker is an employee or a subcontractor as different obligations apply. For example, if a worker is legally an employee but they are instead engaged as a subcontractor, they may be entitled to claim for unpaid leave entitlements, penalty rates and superannuation. A subcontractor is not an employee, but rather a worker running their...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Nov 2019
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
18 Oct 2019
A Perth restaurant owner has been ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to pay a penalty of $1,500 for failing to provide employment records to a State Industrial Inspector. Mr Kamran Beykpour, the owner of SafaCity restaurant in Mount Lawley, was also ordered to pay costs of $1,000 and to produce the required employment records within seven days. The Court matter arose from Mr Beykpour...
Labour Relations
Media release
09 Oct 2019
Café and restaurant business owners will soon start receiving information on employment obligations under a new state-wide education campaign being run by the Wageline at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The campaign focuses on café and restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system, which are those that operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Oct 2019
A state-wide education campaign over the last two months has focussed on minimum rates of pay and staff entitlements for workers in beauty salons operating in the state industrial relations system. Over 500 businesses across Western Australia were provided with information on the minimum conditions for employees in this industry. Beauty salons in the state industrial relations system are those...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Sep 2019

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