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Changes to penalty rates

Changes to Sunday penalty rates in retail, hospitality and pharmacy took effect from 1 July 2017.

During June, The Fair Work Commission announced transitional arrangements for changes to penalty rates that will apply to a range of federal awards affecting Western Australian employees.

There are two industrial relations systems operating in WA. Generally, the state system applies to micro businesses, sole traders and unincorporated partnerships; while the federal system covers businesses such as ‘Pty Ltd’ companies. If you’re covered by the state industrial relations system, these rate changes don’t apply to you.

Our small business briefing on penalty rate changes made simple makes it easier to understand what has changed and what you’ll need to do.

If you’re unsure which industrial relation system applies to your business, visit Wageline or call 1300 655 266.

See the small business briefings page for more useful updates and information for business owners.