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$200,000 penalty for terminating overseas worker by text message

Source: Fair Work Ombudsman  The former owner-operator of an Indian restaurant in Perth has been penalised more than $200,000 after paying an overseas cook nothing for almost four months’ work then sacking him by text message for taking a day of sick leave. Simon Peter Mackenzie, who owned and ran The Curry Tree restaurant in Nedlands was …

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Government Announces New Global Talent Visa

The Australian government has announced it will pilot a new visa scheme this year to help companies lure skilled technology workers to Australia. The ‘global talent scheme’ will be trialled from 1 July 2018. It will allow established businesses with more than $4 million in annual turnover to sponsor a “highly skilled and experienced” individual …

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457 Sponsor’s Training Benchmark Obligations

Overview Businesses operating in Australia seeking to hire and sponsor talented migrant workers should be aware of the requirements associated with training Australian citizens and permanent residents. Currently, businesses operating for more than 12 months must meet either Training Benchmark A or B as set out below when seeking to apply for Business Sponsorship under …

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Record $660K Penalty Against Employer For Exploiting Refugee

Source: HRD The former owner of a fruit market in Melbourne and his company have been handed a record fine of $660,000 after ignoring warnings by the Fair Work Ombudsman and allowing an employee on a refugee visa to go weeks without pay. The substantial penalty is the latest in a series of crackdowns on …

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New Sponsorship Accreditation Rules and Obligations

Some welcome changes to the Accredited Sponsorship rules will mean more businesses can benefit from streamlined visa processing, quicker times and other benefits. This will accommodate certain low-risk sponsors who only use the 457 program occasionally.  What are the new accreditation characteristics? Category 1: Standard Business Sponsors that are Australian government agencies (Commonwealth, state and …

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Widespread Crackdowns on Dodgy Labour Hire Companies

Source: Workplace Info South Australia has announced it will introduce legislation to weed out “dodgy” labour hire companies and to make the labour hire industry safer. The state government will introduce a state-based licensing scheme that would make it unlawful to operate as a labour hire provider without a licence. Significant penalties may be introduced …

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Changes to Employer Sponsored PR Visas & Training Benchmarks – 1 July 2017

There have been a number of changes to the Employer Sponsored Permanent Residence visa program (ENS and RSMS) as part of the 1 July changes. This article outlines the changes and briefly explains the impact for applicants. These changes are part of a series of reforms announced by the Government in April 2017 with implementation …

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New skill lists effective 1 July 2017

The Australian government has updated the occupations lists for a range of temporary and permanent employer sponsored skilled visas, with the new lists effective from 1 July 2017. The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton states that whilst the changes to the lists are aimed at protecting Australian workers, he understands the important of enabling employers to recruit overseas …

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