Rothstein Lawyers helping migrants and their employers understand and comply with Australian employment law

Rothstein Lawyers helping migrants and their employers understand and comply with Australian employment law

Australian immigration law is becoming increasingly complex, and assisting clients resolve their migration issues is  what Rothstein Lawyers find incredibly rewarding.

Being the only law firm in Perth that specialises exclusively in immigration law and employment law, we interviewed Sophie Manera about various employment & immigration matters.

Sophie, Please tell us about Rothstein Lawyers and your passion behind it?

Rothstein Lawyers is a boutique law firm based in Northbridge, specialising in immigration and employment law. Our lawyers are also Registered Migration Agents, and can assist with all Australian immigration and citizenship law matters.

The firm’s employment law practice primarily focuses on helping migrants and their employers understand and comply with Australian employment law.

What key differences is Rothstein Lawyers compared to other lawyers?

Rothstein Lawyers is the only law firm in Perth that specialises exclusively in immigration law and employment law. We prepare and lodge many employer sponsored visa applications, and can guide migrants and employers through any immigration and employment law issues.

Principal solicitor Sophie Manera is one of few female principal solicitors in Perth specialising in immigration law. She has experience helping women (and men) obtain permanent visas through the family violence provisions. This is a sensitive and complex area of immigration law.

What are the latest developments/changes to the employment and migration law that businesses need to know of when wanting to sponsor/recruit an employee who is not currently an Australian permanent resident.

The Australian Government made substantial changes to temporary and permanent employer sponsored visas in March 2018. The number of occupations for which a person can be sponsored has reduced. Employers wishing to sponsor an employee are subject to monitoring by the Australian Border Force and the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Furthermore, there is increased scrutiny of applications for Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186), Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) and Temporary Skills Shortage (subclass 482) visas, with substantially higher refusal rates than in previous years.

It is more important now than ever to ensure that the best possible visa application is submitted.

What are some of the important points to consider when signing an employment contract?

– Read the contract carefully and seek legal advice if necessary.

– Does the contract state that you must work “reasonable” extra hours? Will you receive some form of additional remuneration?

– Are you applying for an employer sponsored visa? Your employment contract must include certain provisions to meet immigration law requirements.

Studying in Australia is very appealing to some people. What would be your advice to them to look out for from a legal point of view.

– Know your rights and obligations on a Student visa. Don’t work more than you are allowed to, even if your employer asks you to.

– Consider your long-term intentions. Will you be able to obtain a Temporary Graduate visa after you complete your course?

– Be aware that international student fees are high. Do you have sufficient funds to support yourself for your course duration?

What is the most enjoyable part of working at Rothstein Lawyers?

Helping clients achieve their dream of obtaining Australian permanent residency or citizenship.

At Rothstein, what has been your biggest achievement thus far? Awards, recognitions etc.

Principal solicitor Sophie Manera has recently been nominated for the Law Society of WA’s Junior Lawyer of the Year award. She has recently added to her resume speaking engagements at the Law Council of Australia’s Annual Migration Conference and the Migration Institute of Australia’s National Conference.

That’s fantastic and congratulations Sophie. Please tell us what are the best ways of contacting Rothstein Lawyers.

Rothstein Lawyers

Address: Level 3 (Suite 10), 99 Francis Street, Northbridge

and 4/189 Lakeside Drive, Joondalup (Joondalup office by appointment only)

Ph: 08 9228 0300


Bespoke gifting solutions with style

Bespoke gifting solutions with style

If you are looking  to impress a client, staff, friend through superior style, quality, design and presentation, whilst supporting and celebrating local Australian suppliers , then this is a must read interview with Clarissa Yates from hamper and Bow.

HamperandbowClarissa, Firstly I love the name – Hamper and Bow. Tell us about the name and how did you come up with that?

I came up with the name Hamper and Bow, as I wanted to have the same initials “HB” as Hamper and Bow is a sister company of Hooked in a Box. I own both Hooked in a Box and Hamper and Bow. I decided to separate out the two businesses, as Hooked in a Box is mainly a personalised custom gifting option for mums and babies, but as time went by, I received more requests to do corporate gift boxes and thus Hamper and Bow was born. Hamper and Bow is a name that combines Hampers (what I do) and bow (all my hampers are finished with a luxurious satin ribbon that can be customised to the corporate client).

Hamper & Bow is a boutique gift business that blends bespoke gifting solutions with style.

Tell us about the products that you place in the giftbox.

My products are carefully sourced and selected from local suppliers, makers, artists and brands from and around Australia. Everything in my gift boxes including the box itself is sourced from Australia. I try to support as many local businesses and artisans as much as possible, making sure I also support other small businesses such as myself. I also intentionally seek out eco-friendly, sustainable and ethically made products that are luxurious, bespoke and unique.

Give us an indication of who should be using your services and why.

I provide a two part service. My first service is a concierge bespoke gifting service. A concierge service is a service Hamper and Bow provides to help you find the perfect gift for your recipient. I love coming up with gifting solutions that are bespoke, tailored and customised to a very specific individual. I have contacts all across Australia and the gifting space, and I come up with the best gift ideas for you and your clients.I provide something different from every other gift box company, instead of a standard range you choose from, I consult with you, understand your intentions and your gift requirements, and provide a tailor-made gifting service to serve your needs.

My second service is providing high-end ready-to-go gift boxes. This option is for those who wants a stylish and reliable gift in the office to give to your clients at short notice. No more running to the bottle shop for a bottle of wine or rushing to the florist for some flowers. Let Hamper and Bow serve your needs and save you time and effort.

I am particularly impressed with the packaging and the custom ribbons. How soon can a customer expect to have this delivered?

For a custom concierge service, we need at least 1-2 weeks to source all your gifts and package your gift box. For ready-to-go gift boxes, we dispatch our boxes within 3-5 business days. We work with a printing company and we offer corporate branding on our ribbons to reflect your branding colours and logo at 1-2 days lead time.

Can you give us an examples and suggestions of what you can include in a giftbox being sent to a business client and say an employer who wants to acknowledge a staff member for their work.

I would recommend my gourmet range box which is $64.  I source the best products from Australia and the finest wineries and artisan food producers for this gift box. It includes:

  • Pukara Estate Olive Oil. Sourced directly from Margaret River, WA. Pukara Estate is recognised amongst Australia’s finest. Freshness, flavour and premium quality are the characteristics that set Pukara Estate apart. Size 100ml
  • Boysenberry and Shiraz Jam. Sourced from Vinofood. Denmark, WA. Vinofood hand-makes their gourmet food products in small batches with only the highest quality ingredients. 120g
  • Bahen and Co Almond & Sea Salt. Sourced from Margaret River, WA. Made directly on site, their House Blend chocolate meets the finest of almonds, slow roasted with their farmgrown olive oil. Weight: 75g
  • Smokey Cheese Nibbles. Sourced from Ogilvie & Co. Perth, WA. Ogilvie and Co. are an Australian family-owned manufacturer and wholesaler of gourmet food products. 50g
  • Gift Card with Note
  • Black Magnetic Closure Gift Box with custom corporate ribbon/black ribbon

What is the most enjoyable part of running your business?

The best part of working with people and having a creative outlet. I absolutely love working with people, so the best part of my job is meeting lots of people, figuring out their needs and sourcing the gifts for them. Whether their goal is to mould a lasting impression, affirm their brand or recognise a celebration, we understand the art of gifting and what goes into making a memorable impression. I

What has been your biggest achievement thus far?

My biggest achievement so far is securing 4 corporate clients in my first month of launching my branch Hamper and Bow. I am only a month old and I have a 100% success rate with every client I have a meeting with, and I feel very proud of this.

Is there anything up and coming at Hamper and Bow that we should know about?

Absolutely! For the month of May, I am having a promotion to commemorate Mother’s Day (I am a Mum!). If you choose to book with me for the month of May, I will waive off shipping fees as well as throw in 3 extra boxes on top of your order. So if you wanted 10 boxes, you can order 7 and get another 3 boxes for free. Minimum is 10 box order for this promotion.

Thank you Clarissa, please tell us what are the best ways of contacting you.

Increase Staff Productivity and Employee Retention at no cost to your business with Fleet Choice

Increase Staff Productivity and Employee Retention at no cost to your business with Fleet Choice

FleetChoice provides Novated Leasing, Fleet Management and Salary Packaging administration services for organisations and individuals across Australia. FleetChoice was founded in 2011, and in 2015 and became part of the Eclipx Group, an ASX-listed diversified financial services company.

As a Gold Exhibitor at the Nifnex Expo, we interviewed FleetChoice to find out more.

Emily, Can you please give us some insight on how businesses would benefit from leasing a car rather than buying?

By empowering your staff with vehicle benefits you could increase productivity and employee retention at no cost to your business. With a FleetChoice Novated Lease the employee takes responsibility for the car and costs, so there is less risk to the employer and no responsibility for the repayments if the employee leaves.

What makes FleetChoice different from other car leasing agencies?

At FleetChoice we’re flexible enough to work with businesses large and small wherever they are in Australia. Thanks to the extended service offerings of our parent company Eclipx Group, FleetChoice can provide an end to end vehicle solution with simplified vehicle acquisition and disposal.

What is the most enjoyable part of working at FleetChoice?

We’re a dynamic and agile company that is able to respond to the latest trends in vehicle leasing, additionally the support of our parent company Eclipx Group helps us to retain our small business service while still competing with the markets largest players.

At FleetChoice, what has been your biggest achievement thus far?

Being able to deliver customized and tailored solutions to our clients that solve problems beyond providing Novated Leasing to a small portion of staff. Our extended services allow for a companywide benefits program to encourage staff at all levels of the business.

Is there anything up and coming at FleetChoice that we should know about?

Be the first to know by dropping past our booth to register your details and receive our company updates!

Lease your next car with us! Call 1300 34 33 88 or drop past FleetChoice booth at the Nifnex Expo 4th May 2018 at Ascot Racecourse!