We have put together some resources that you may find useful. Some resources may take you to external pages. The information provided is general information only and is not a substitute for legal advice.
Please call 02 8002 1203 or text 0475 360 241 to make an appointment for legal advice.
Migrant Employment Legal Service Brochures
- Am I a full-time, part-time or casual worker?
- Am I an employee or an independent contractor?
- Discrimination in the workplace
- Employment contract basics
- Flexible work
- Leave entitlements
- Starting a new job: Getting paid
- JobKeeper templates – reasonableness of direction and employer eligibility
- Salary cuts and Covid-19 (includes templates)
- Redundancy and Covid-19
- What do I need to know about being stood down?
- Covid-19 and your employment
Law Reform Submissions and Letters
The MELS has seen how badly people on temporary visas have been affected by the COVID19 pandemic.
The Migrant Employment Legal Service, Kingsford Legal Centre, and the Redfern Legal Centre International Student Service made a joint submission to the Senate Select Committee on Temporary Migration, advocating for comprehensive workplace reform to address the exploitation of people who hold temporary visas.
- Joint Letter to Attorney General regarding Industrial Relations reform – Better Protections for Vulnerable Workers – June 2020
The Migrant Employment Legal Service along with 15 other Community Legal Centres across Australia supported a letter to the Attorney General by WestJustice calling for better protections for vulnerable workers including young people, women experiencing family violence and newly arrived migrant and refugee communities.
The Migrant Employment Legal Service along with 20 organisations across Australia penned an open letter in response to the release of the ‘International Students and Wage Theft in Australia‘ report published by Laurie Berg and Bassina Farbenblum, which highlights the troubling reality of exploitation faced by migrant workers.
The report raises concerns that COVID-19 has created a humanitarian crisis among international students and migrant workers in Australia.
The Migrant Employment Legal Service and 19 other Community Legal Centres in NSW made a request to the Premier of NSW to extend a financial safety net to temporary visa holders. We work with migrant communities in NSW and hold serious concerns for temporary visa holders without access to social security benefits, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Welfare support for temporary visa holders – Letter to Federal Minister for Families and Social Services – April 2020
The Migrant Employment Legal Service sent a letter to Minister Ruston requesting the federal government extend financial support to those on temporary visas in response to the disastrous impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Australia’s workforce.
- Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics Inquiry into ‘Unlawful underpayment of employees’ remuneration’ – March 2020
Migrant workers are some of the most vulnerable workers in our community. Our service supports law reform measures which respond and address the underlying causes of wage theft and other forms of exploitation.
The Migrant Employment Legal Service, WEstJustice, and the Redfern Legal Centre International Student Legal Service made a joint submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics Inquiry into Unlawful underpayments of employees’ remuneration. We made 37 recommendations to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable workers.