Visa Checking for the Hospitality Industry
Australia’s best hospitality companies use vSure to protect their reputations
In an Industry that relies on Foreign Workers, compliance with the obligation to check and keep checking employee work rights throughout the employment cycle is a difficult and often time-consuming, manual process.
- vSure streamlines the onboarding process with VEVO checks with a simple photo of a passport
- vSure automates the ongoing monitoring of employee work visas
- vSure sends emails or SMS to notify employers of the current visa status of all foreign workers
- vSure highlights any changes (such as a working holiday visa with 40 hours/week work rights, changing to a Student Visa with 40 hours per fortnight restrictions)
- vSure helps protect your hospitality business from on the spot civil penalties (with no recourse and no ignorance defense) of up to $94,500 per foreign worker found working in breach of their rights
- vSure helps protect your Directors and Officers from civil penalties of up to $18,900 per foreign worker found working in breach of their rights
- vSure helps protect you and your company from significant reputational damage, by keeping you compliant and stress free
Case Study: Solotel – Australia’s most diverse hospitality group
Miriam Morgan – Remuneration & Benefits Manager
“With more than 30 venues and thousands of staff across Sydney & Brisbane, like most metro hospitality companies, we are highly reliant on foreign workers (particularly working holiday makers and student visa holders).This creates a compliance burden to meet the obligation to check and keep checking our employee’s work rights. One that would be too easy to deprioritise or overlook.”
“vSure has provided us with a simple, fast solution to check and monitor our staff’s work visas. With a simple Excel output from our MicroPay payroll solution, we are able to upload our entire foreign workforce and check their visas for expiry and changes in minutes.”
“The audit trail that vSure provides us over our work rights compliance, is an insurance policy that has a value, not just in terms of the company and directors avoiding potential fines, but importantly protecting our brand and reputation.”
Temporary Visa Holders in the Hospitality Industry
Many temporary visa holders in Australia work in the hospitality industry.
Whilst some hold employer sponsored visas such as 457 visas or TSS subclass 482 visas, many more hold working holiday visas, student visas, graduate temporary subclass 485 visas or even bridging visas.
These types of visas can be more difficult for employers to keep on top of. For instance, working holiday visas only allow staff to work for an employer for a maximum of 6 months. Most student visa holders can only work for 40 hours a fortnight. Graduate temporary visas generally only last for up to 2 years, and students usually change status – sometimes onto a visa which has less favourable work rights.
Why Should My Business Check Visas for Employees?
If staff are detected working in breach of visa conditions or without a valid visa, the employer can face penalties. Penalties include fines and in some cases criminal sanctions. Fines apply on a strict liability basis – this means that the business may be penalised even if they are not aware that staff are working unlawfully.
On top of this, company directors and officers may face personal liability if there are illegal workers in the business.
There have been a number of businesses in the hospitality industry who have been targeted by the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Department of Home Affairs. Due to data matching initiatives between the ATO and other government agencies, employers hiring staff unlawfully are more likely than ever to be caught.
How Can vSure Help My Business?
A number of large players in the hospitality industry are already using vSure to comply with Illegal Worker Legislation. Examples include Doltone House, Solotel Group and Bondi Pizza.
vSure automates the visa checking process, giving you peace of mind that your business is not hiring workers unlawfully.
It is easy to set your business up in vSure. You can either upload a payroll spreadsheet, scans of passport ID pages, or send emails to staff requesting their details.
You’ll receive regular automated reports highlighting any staff with a work limitation, upcoming visa expires or who do not have work rights.
You’ll never miss a visa expiry again. You can choose to set up calendar reminders or get reminders via SMS or email.
Understanding visa conditions can be confusing – vSure makes it easier to understand what work the visa holder can do in Australia.
Read more about vSure features here.
How Do I Start?
If you are a smaller employer or just want to quickly check a few visa holders, vSure Instant Visa Check is probably the best solution.