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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 penalty rate changes made simple fact sheet makes it easier to understand what has changed and what you’ll need to do.

For more information

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

For general business advice, including information on employing and managing staff, contact our free business advisory service.

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