WA supports wage compliance

The National Retail Association (NRA) and the Western Australian government have launched an educational online resource designed to assist small and medium sized businesses with wage compliance.

The Wage Right Compliance Hub provides employers with resources to assist with:

  • Identifying what industrial instruments in the national or Western Australia state system may apply to a business
  • How to classify employees correctly
  • Practical guidance on how to avoid common pay and record-keeping errors.

NRA CEO Dominique Lamb says that one of the key causes of wage non-compliance by retailers is a lack of understanding of employment obligations.

“It’s often been said that those operating in the retail sector have an intimate understanding of just how complex wage compliance can be,” she says.

“Since 2013 retailers have had to deal with nearly 14,000 different rates of pay depending on variables such as whether the employee is casual or permanent, their age, their classification and the times at which the work is performed. This number easily doubles if you consider shift workers, baking production employees, apprentices and those working under the supported wage system.”

“The NRA applauds the Western Australian government for recognising the complexity of the system, and engaging our considerable experience to develop this educational hub which provides clear, easy to understand information on how to be compliant.

For more information, Western Australian retailers should visit www.wageright.com.au.

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