Phar­ma­cists fined

Pharmacy Daily - - News -

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.

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