7
Sep
Migrant Workers

Regulations to employ migrant workers

Australia is known as the land of vast opportunities. People from various places around the world, migrate to Australia to start a new, happy and secure life with their family. If you are a businessman in Australia, hiring migrant workers will not only flourish your business but also allow them a reliable life.In order to employ workers from overseas, there are few things you need to keep in mind.

At first, you need to verify that your employee has the appropriate documents and approval to work in Australia. Check his/her status of the work visa via Visa Entitlement Verification Online system by visiting the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection of Australia. You also need to check if there are any regulations attached with the visa for any particular occupation. If the visa status changes, you can decrease the accountability by adding a clause in the employment contract. Please note that this clause will be only your responsibility.

There are many types of work visas and different visas contain different rules and regulations. Subclass 485 is a temporary graduate visa where a student can work maintaining certain rules. Subclass 600 visa prevents the migrants to work anywhere in Australia but migrants with visa subclass 417 can work anywhere.

As a businessman, if you want to employ workers with subclass 457 and 186 visas, you might face some business liability. You will have to provide the migrant workers with the exact work conditions you would provide to the Australian workers. It includes paying your employers within time, along with their overtime salary and penalty rates.

Recently, there have been many companies who had to face legal actions due to underpayment of their migrant workers. Big names such as Yougurberry and 7- eleven franchise have been accused of not complying even the minimum rate of wages for their migrant workers. According to the Minister of Employment, Michaela Cash, there will be new penalties for such serious violations and these penalties will be about ten times more than the current penalties.

A Fair Work Amendment Bill of 2016 has been proposed to the government, which circulates in fortifying the provisions o the Fair Work Act 2009. This will enable the migrant worker to receive the appropriate salary. The Coalition’s Policy to Protect Vulnerable Workers by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is taking the necessary steps to protect the migrant workers and re- establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission.