MELS Train the Trainer Program Narrowly Escapes Notorious COVID-19

by Daniel Parkinson Jr – MELS Train the Trainer Program Graduate 2021 Had it not been for the swift and charismatic leadership of our training coordinator, the last day of our training program would have been reverted to one of the popular phrases coined from Corona – work from home, which is now a commonContinue reading “MELS Train the Trainer Program Narrowly Escapes Notorious COVID-19”

MELS deepens engagement with migrant and refugee communities through Community Training Program

The Migrant Employment Legal Service kicked off the Employment Law Community Training ‘Train the Trainer’ Program at the end of April 2021. Over 8 weeks, 16 community leaders and workers from diverse migrant and refugee backgrounds will receive training from government agencies and organisations, including but not limited to the Fair Work Ombudsman, Fair WorkContinue reading “MELS deepens engagement with migrant and refugee communities through Community Training Program”

Applications open: MELS Community Education Officer Positions (Casual)

Are you a community leader keen to help people understand their work rights and end workplace exploitation?  Applications are now open for the Migrant Employment Legal Service MELS Community Education Officer positions. MELS is looking for Community Education Officers to deliver targeted and culturally appropriate education sessions to their communities to help them understand and enforce theirContinue reading “Applications open: MELS Community Education Officer Positions (Casual)”

STAND DOWNS DURING COVID-19

By Ida Nursoo and Nadia Gubbay-Nemes, Inner City Legal Centre It is useful for employees to understand the effects of COVID-19 on an employer’s ability to stand you down. For employees that hold a visa with restrictive work conditions that only allow you to work for your particular employer, you are likely to be leftContinue reading “STAND DOWNS DURING COVID-19”

Sham contracts: the new normal for migrant workers

By Regina Featherstone, Solicitor, Redfern Legal Centre Here at the Migrant Employment Legal Service (MELS), we see all kinds of breaches of Australian workplace laws by employers in the exploitation of temporary visa holders and migrant workers. From wage theft to unfair dismissal, we advise clients on a range of legal issues and help themContinue reading “Sham contracts: the new normal for migrant workers”

This Just In: Exploitation was an “aggravating factor”: $220,000 fines in café underpayments case

Written by Justin Pen, Solicitor, Marrickville Legal Centre The Federal Circuit Court of Australia has signalled a potential shift in its attitude towards employers found to have underpaid foreign nationals and young workers, following a significant judgment in which civil penalties of over $220,000 were imposed on a Melbourne-based café business and the café’s directorsContinue reading “This Just In: Exploitation was an “aggravating factor”: $220,000 fines in café underpayments case”

Employment Rights Webinar with African Women Australia

MELS has partnered with African Women Australia Inc (AWAU) to deliver a webinar on Employment Rights and Success on Wednesday 18 November from 6pm AEDT. Click the following link to register for the event: https://surveyswesternsydney.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vyjc1Depw78ppj?fbclid=IwAR3VapXK99vfTB3mqJPzCyag0dRafsSmNBFGw5qNjt4WPNBClKP5jJbC0qE

This Just In: Retail and Fast Food Workers Union Incorporated v Tantex Holdings Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 1258

Written by Justin Pen, Solicitor, Marrickville Legal Centre Recently, in Retail and Fast Food Workers Union Incorporated v Tantex Holdings Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 1258, the Federal Court of Australia has recently held that a Crew Member of a McDonald’s restaurant franchise in Queensland had a “workplace right” to access the bathroom and have aContinue reading “This Just In: Retail and Fast Food Workers Union Incorporated v Tantex Holdings Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 1258”

Minimum Wage Increase: 1 July 2020

Fair Work Commission announced a wage increase which is to come into effect in stages. The first stage commenced on 1 July 2020 and increased the national minimum wage to $19.84/hour; the pay rate for casuals is $24.80/hour. Details of individual award increases can be located on Fair Work Ombudsman’s Changes to Awards in 2020.Continue reading “Minimum Wage Increase: 1 July 2020”

Refugees in the Workplace

Refugee Week runs from 14 June 2020 – 20 June 2020 and aims to shed light on the issues refugees face in Australia and around the world. It’s a week to celebrate the different experiences and cultures of others by providing a voice to those who are silenced. Refugees and asylum seekers face many issuesContinue reading “Refugees in the Workplace”