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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”

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”

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.”

Holiday Closure

We wish to advise that our office will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period from Tuesday 24 December 2019, and will re-open on Wednesday 8 January 2020.

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?”

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