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:

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”