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Adriana Reina

senior associate, employment, safety and migration | MARN 1277847

meet Adriana

about Adriana

Adriana’s combination of specialist experience means she is highly sought after in the Australian legal landscape. Her passion for humanitarian issues was the driving force to specialise in migration and employment law.

In the migration space, Adriana has vast transactional, advisory and litigation experience in both corporate and individual migration. Within employment law she has assisted start-up companies, international clients and locally based businesses in managing their workforce needs as well as their global mobility practices including the introduction and settlement of foreign workers.

Adriana’s calm, professional approach is highly valued within these two emotive areas of law. She shows empathy and compassion towards her clients by listening and understanding their underlying needs to then provide clear and concise advice regarding the legality of the situation.

‘It’s really helpful to have senior experience in both employment and migration law. I am able to take on matters and work with clients autonomously, finding a solution quickly and easily than if I had to involve another lawyer.’

 

 

Areas of Expertise

administrative appeals tribunal litigation management
conduct of workplace investigations
corporate immigration
discrimination and harassment complaints
employment advice
fair work commission disputes
individual immigration
labour, employment and global mobility advice
workplace related advice

additional qualifications

registered migration agent, marn 1227847

recent experience

  • fwo investigation

    Workers for a labour hire company made a class complaint to the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) about their engagement, claiming they were properly classified as employees and were being denied access to National Employment Standards (NES) and modern award requirements. This resulted in a detailed investigation into this labour hire business’ practices and posed implications for their high scale clientele. Responding to the FWO’s requests for information, and subsequent investigation, required our team’s combined experience in employment law issues and migration issues.

  • complex employment issues with foreign workers

    A client based in regional Victoria encountered issues recruiting for skilled meat workers due to the specialised nature of the work and the high demand for such skills, especially given the location of their operations. Due to the workers being foreign there was a requirement for them to be trained on Australian standards. The complex nature of these issues required the employees to be properly classified and remunerated in accordance with applicable enterprise agreements, whilst simultaneously understanding the visa application criteria for foreign visa holders travelling to Australia to meet significant skill-gaps. Thanks to our team’s skills, a proper solution was to ensure compliance with both areas of the law.