• Commercial Law

    Commercial Law

    We are business people as much as we are lawyers. We will take care of the legal documents so you can confidently run your business.
    As your business grows, its risk profile and governance challenges will change. We partner with our clients over the long term to ensure they are in the driver’s seat for success.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Dispute Resolution

    We are in your corner when the going gets tough. Having resolved over 6,500 disputes for business owners have seen it all before.

    Whether you need a skilled negotiator or a fearless litigator, we specialise in delivering commercial results when:

    Customers refuse to pay;
    Suppliers let you down; and
    Business Partners do the wrong thing.

  • Employment & Safety

    Employment & Safety

    The biggest challenge for any business owner, is managing their employees.

    A difficult employee can make you question why you got into business in the first place and be toxic to your team morale.

    We deliver proactive solutions to manage your team via employment contracts, policies and procedures as well as handling employment disputes when they arise.

  • Property & Construction

    Property & Construction

    Property is the key most wealth in Australia.  Whether you are buying, selling, leasing or developing property, you need a lawyer you can count on.

    We can advise on the whole property development process from obtaining finance to development approvals, construction and sale or leasing.

    We also act for the Master Builders Victoria and have extensive expertise in construction contracts and disputes.

  • Family Law

    Family Law

    At Taurus Legal Management we understand the unique challenges clients encounter during family disputes, especially when children are involved. Our family lawyers specialise in handling high-asset cases with a focus on protecting clients wealth, securing their family’s future, and safeguarding the best interests of their children.


7-Eleven and changes to the Fair Work Act


Fair Work Act changes 

Following the record penalties of $532,000 ordered in the recent 7-Eleven scandal involving exploitation of workers and underpayment of wages, new laws have passed late last year to amend the Fair Work Act (Act) to:

  • Increase the maximum civil penalties for serious contraventions of the Act;
  • Increase penalties for record-keeping failures;
  • Hold franchisors and holding companies responsible for certain contraventions of the Act by their franchisees or subsidiaries;
  • Clarify that employers are prohibited from demanding their employees pay back a proportion of their wages;
  • Provide the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) with evidence-gathering powers similar to those available to the ACCC and ASIC;
  • Prohibit the hindering or obstruction of the FWO in the performance of its functions; and
  • Prohibit the giving of false or misleading information or documents.

7-Eleven case

The 7-Eleven case revealed deliberate and systematic underpayment of migrant workers, and also a practice of some franchisees paying their employees the lawful rate, but then coercing them to pay back a certain proportion of their wages to the employer in cash.

Don’t fall into the same boat as 7-Eleven, contact an employment solicitor.

Given the fallout from the 7-Eleven case, and the proposed changes to the Fair Work Act, it to be timely to ensure your employment agreements are up to date and enforceable.

While you may already have Employment Agreements in place, they may be:

  • Not up to date, and unenforceable;
  • Exposing your client to liability.

Our employment solicitors have assisted many of our clients in updating their employment agreements to account for the ever-changing landscape that is industrial relations. We can review your employment agreements to ensure they are up to date and enforceable.

Posted by Taurus Legal Management