THREE NSW pharmacy owners have been fined $45,000 and ordered to pay more than $67,000 in underpaid entitlements to staff.
The owners were partners in a business called Save & Deliver which operated five pharmacies, with the Fair Work Ombudsman taking them to court on behalf of two former employees.
According to Fair Work, one of the staff was an Egyptian migrant who delivered medicines to customers, and who was paid a flat hourly rate of $12-14, when he should have been getting between $16 and $30.
In a directions hearing in the Federal Court yesterday the partners admitted to contravening the provisions of the Fair Work Act and failed to pay applicable penalty rates, superannuation, holiday pay, annual leave and overtime.
They have repaid one of the affected staff $62,000 - the equivalent of 93 weeks’ wages and the other $5,200, plus interest.
The judge also ordered the partners pay fines of $15,000 each.
The owners said they had revised procedures to ensure there were no further underpayments.