Job Opportunity – Senior Housing Adviser or Solicitor

EERC is seeking a Senior Housing Adviser or Solicitor to join our team. This role is full time for a fixed term until 31 March 2023.

This role will provide housing and welfare advice and casework to Eastern European survivors of domestic abuse in the UK. This will join a team which offers independent advocacy, legal advice and therapeutic support. The team is very supportive and all staff have supervision and access to counselling if needed.

The ideal candidate would have good experience as a Housing Adviser or Solicitor and will understand the opportunities and challenges for survivors of domestic abuse when accessing housing. They will need to be familiar with the rights, entitlements and legal structures relevant to Eastern Europeans in the UK.

Given the current situation – this job can be done entirely from our office or in a hybrid between office and work from home. EERC is well set up to facilitate safely seeing clients in the office as well as working remotely.

Please note: this post-holder will liaise with women who are unlikely to speak good or any English, might struggle with literacy, and have experienced disadvantage, abuse, and trauma. Therefore, we request that candidates are women. Speaking an Eastern European Language is a desirable, but not esssential.

How to apply – send completed application form by the deadline.

Deadline – 5 June 2022.

Application Form – Senior Housing Adviser/Solicitor

Job Pack – Senior Housing Adviser/Solicitor

We are seeking volunteers to support our domestic violence victims

East European Resource Centre is looking for volunteers to support our work with domestic abuse victims.

We run a busy and vital service for Eastern European women, and we would need volunteers to help with research, organising support groups and translation.

In return we offer training with our family law solicitor and our experienced Independent Domestic Abuse Advocates.

The position would be flexible and for 8-10 hours/week, a mix of occasional office work and online work.

If you want to get involved in our amazing service and give a hand in helping our community, please email us at volunteering@eerc.org.uk with the subject line “DV Volunteer”.

Please note that we run a women only service, so we require our volunteers to be women or women identifying and to speak Romanian or Polish.

We are seeking volunteers with focus on events!

Events Organising Volunteer Wanted (Polish)

We are looking for creative and sociable volunteers to join our little East European Resource Centre volunteer team! You will be helping our Communities Support Manager with the set up and admin of events for our service users.

EERC is a registered charity, offering support, advice and advocacy to vulnerable Easter European migrants. Our service users are people from all walks of life, however it may become necessary to be able to communicate to them in their native language. For this role we are seeking a Polish speaker.

We are looking for:

+ A good communicator

+ Caring about your community

+ Interested in making a difference

+ Looking to expand your volunteering experience

+ Looking to build your experience at hosting, administration and management of events

If you are interested in the role, or would like to find out more, please write to volunteering@eerc.org.uk with the subject line “Events volunteer”.

Isolation Support volunteers needed

Want to help fellow Eastern Europeans who have felt isolated due the pandemic? If you are looking for a way to give back to the community – we have the right opportunity for you!
We are seeking compassionate volunteers who can have regular telephone chats with vulnerable Eastern Europeans and help them cope with feeling alone and isolated. You will need to speak one of Central and Eastern European languages and be a good listener.
If you have any spare time and you want to make a real difference in someone’s life – get in touch!
If you are interested in the role, or would like to find out more, please write to ula@eerc.org.uk with the subject line “Isolation Support volunteer”.
We hope to hear from you soon!
  

Au pair/domestic workers in the UK are entitled to the National Minimum Wage

We were approached recently by a client who was a live-in domestic worker. She had been working approximately 60 hours per week, and receiving payment amounting to £1.92 per hour – well below the national minimum wage of £8.72 per hour. Her employer suggested that the worker was not entitled to the national minimum wage, because of the ‘au pair/domestic worker’ exemption.

Our support and recommendation

In order to clarify her legal entitlements, EERC immediately contacted solicitors from the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU). ATLEU have confirmed that in accordance with the latest case law (Puthenveettil v Alexander & George, & Others 2361118/2013) the exemption is likely to be found unlawful. As a result, according to a recent article published in The Guardian, the UK Government has now asked the Low Pay Commission to make recommendations for amending the exemption in accordance with the judgment.

“The exemption, which was originally designed to apply to au pairs, applies to workers who live in an employer’s family home and are treated “as a member of the family” and benefit from accommodation and meals. But the tribunal heard that the rule has also been applied to maids and other servants, many of whom are migrants.“ As advised by ATLEU, “[t]his is a loophole that has been a conduit to slavery. Traffickers have used [it] to bring in women to households who suffer all kinds of abuses.”

Whilst changes to the exemption are to be made, in the meantime the suggestion that live in domestic workers are not entitled to the national minimum wage should be resisted.

COVID-19: Ghiduri 2021 (RO)

Regatul Unit se află în stare de Lockdown din pricina pandemiei globale. Deoarece birourile noastre vor rămâne închise pe moment, punem la dispoziția dumneavoastră toate ghidurile noastre – la un loc. Faceți click pe fiecare imagine pentru a citi mai departe.

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COVID-19: Poradnik 2021 (PL)

Z powou globalnej pandemii w Wielkiej Brytanii obowiązuje lockdown, dlatego umieściliśmy wszystkie nasze poradniki w jednym miejscu. Kliknij na zdjęcie, aby dowiedzieć się więcej.

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EERC Works on the Mayor of London’s Campaign Promoting Worker’s Rights

Covid-19 has greatly affected the way people work, their rights and future prospects of living a decent life in the capital. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen a huge rise in enquiries from people being laid off unfairly, falling through the cracks of government support schemes, exploited and being paid less than minimum wage, being bullied at work – and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

It is now more important than ever that all workers have access to information and know their rights. 

East European Resource Centre has partnered with the Greater London Authority and the Mayor’s Office to develop a series of videos on the Furlough Scheme and Self Employment Support Scheme and translate videos on exploitation at work, maternity pay and more.

All these videos are available on the GLA’s Employment Rights Hub, where you can also find videos covering other relevant employment rights issues and information about employment and immigration advice services available in London.

Material last reviewed: 04/09/2020

What’s happening to the Furlough Scheme? 

You can find the Polish and Romanian versions on this video on Youtube.

I’m self-employed and financially affected by COVID-19. What can I do?

You can find the Polish and Romanian versions on this video on Youtube.

EERC has also translated: 

I’m pregnant – will I still get maternity pay during the pandemic? Watch in: Polish. 

I’m worried about my pay and conditions at work. Watch in: Polish and Romanian. 

I’m being asked to work but I’m supposed to be on furlough . Watch in: Polish and Romanian.

My employer isn’t following Government guidance on workplace safety. Watch in: Polish and Romanian.

I’ve been dismissed after raising concerns with my employer. What can I do? Watch in: Polish and Romanian.

We would like to thank the GLA and the Mayor of London for the having the initiative for this important campaign and for partnering with us and the other great charities to develop it.

EERC note: Some material in these videos may be outdated, with deadline dates changed. Please know that we are doing all in our power to update this information as often as possible. If you have any questions, please get in touch.