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”

Success! NSW Government announces over $6 million assistance to migrants and temporary visa holders.

On 20 May 2020, MELS together with 19 other signatories wrote to the Premier of NSW requesting for welfare support to be provided to temporary visa holders. We’re so pleased to inform that today, Acting Minister for Multiculturalism Geoff Lee announced that over $6 million will be provided to “multicultural communities including migrants and temporaryContinue reading “Success! NSW Government announces over $6 million assistance to migrants and temporary visa holders.”

FAQs: Covid-19 and your employment

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding covid-19 and your employment. We have attached a PDF version of the FAQs at the bottom of this page. If you require legal advice, please telephone us on 02 8002 1203 to make an appointment. Frequently Asked Questions: Where can I get information on healthContinue reading “FAQs: Covid-19 and your employment”

MELS Launch

The Migrant Employment Legal Service (MELS) officially launched on Wednesday 6 November 2019 at the St George Migrant Information Day. MELS has been operational since August 2019 and we were delighted to have an official launch with the NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman. Representatives from the vibrant St George community, Legal Aid, Community Legal Centres NSW,Continue reading “MELS Launch”

What is wage theft?

In Australia, there is a national minimum wage and 10 minimum employment entitlements.[1] Your employment contract cannot be less than the minimum wage and the 10 minimum employment entitlements. These conditions have to be given to all employees, regardless of migration status. Despite the existence of a national minimum wage, there are a substantial number of migrant workersContinue reading “What is wage theft?”