Read our research on unexplored legal issues in civil litigation for migrant workers.
Together with Tan Kok Quan Partnership (TKQP), King & Spalding LLP (Singapore), JWB has launched the Strategic Legal Research Series, " Migrant Domestic Workers & Exessive Agency Fees: Cross-Border Perspectives from Singapore and Indonesia”. This research includes discussions on the different perspectives that Indonesia and Singapore have on this issue - for example, the different practical concerns that need to be taken into consideration, as well as the different laws and guidelines within each country. To add on, the research also delves deeper into the possible methods of legal recourse that can be taken in each of the two countries.
To explore the potential of cross-border collaborations among caseworkers, JWB has partnered with C&G Law (Philippines) and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Hong Kong) to produce the ‘Strategy Guide against Overcharging: An Overview of the Regulatory Structure around Agency Fees in the Philippines-Hong Kong SAR (China) and Singapore & Legal Remedies Available to Overcharged Migrant Workers", with input and/or assistance from pro bono lawyers from Tan Kok Quan Partnership (TKQP) (Singapore), Drew & Napier LLC (Singapore) and Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP. This Strategy Guide seeks to provide a complete mapping of the regulatory structure around agency fees along the Philippines–Hong Kong corridor and the Philippines-Singapore corridor, as well as the legal remedies available to MDWs along this migration route who have been charged illegal agency fees.
Together with Ginting & Reksodiputro, Allen & Overy LLP, JWB has launched our strategic legal research on “Safe Migration Procedure for Migrant Domestic Workers”. The Research focuses on the compilation of sets of Indonesian laws and regulations regarding Indonesia migrant workers' migration procedure and issues, including rights and responsibilities, which is divided into 3 broad parts: pre-departure, during work abroad, and post-employment / repatriation. It aims to raise awareness of safe migration, as a preventive measure for departing migrant workers. The research also serves as a summary for frontline organizations and paralegals so they are aware of the procedural process.
A yearlong research project conducted by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Prolegis LLC, and JWB, this paper includes discussion on the applicability of the doctrine of illegality to cases involving migrant domestic workers who have been illegally deployed to work outside of their employer’s residence in Singapore. The paper also considers the legal avenues available to such workers in seeking compensation for the work done under their illegal deployment, with an emphasis on the causes of action available in contract and in restitution.
This document provides a brief overview of JWB’s experience to date in developing cross- border access to civil justice for migrant workers returning home from Hong Kong. This document may be helpful to frontline community service organizations and lawyers helping workers who cannot stay in Hong Kong to pursue their claims. Increased claims are possible in the wake of Covid-19, with migrant workers especially vulnerable to downsizing, abuse, and exploitation.
This document provides a brief overview of JWB’s experience in developing cross-border access to civil justice for migrant workers returning home from Singapore. This document may be helpful to both lawyers and frontline community service organizations assisting workers who cannot stay in Singapore to pursue their claims.
This publication is a strategy guide on recovering damages in hard-to-measure claims of migrant workers who have faced physical or sexual abuse in Hong Kong.
This publication is a strategy guide on recovering damages in hard-to-measure claims of migrant workers who have faced physical or sexual abuse in Singapore.
Civil Claims for Foreign Domestic Workers Compelled to Work Outside the Home
A guide for migrant domestic workers applying to give evidence via video link in Hong Kong courts after they return home.
Legal strategies for lawyers helping migrant workers in Singapore with contract substitution.