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Albertson's R.Ph.S Get $2.1 Million in Back Pay

Magazine article Drug Topics

Albertson's R.Ph.S Get $2.1 Million in Back Pay

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Several hundred pharmacists recently got a check for back pay from Albertson's Inc. as part of an amicable agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor.

A total of $2.14 million in back overtime pay was paid to 778 pharmacists who were employed in 245 Albertson's stores, said Al Perry, wage and hour administrator for the Department of Labor's Southeast region. The administrative agreement was finalized between the Boise, Idaho, supermarket chain and the Department of Labor last month. The agreement included pharmacists in Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Perry added that Albertson's was "very cooperative" and agreed to comply with federal law.

Albertson's overtime problem began when the supermarket chain acquired several stores from another chain in the South, said Michael Read, director of public relations and governmental affairs. "The [other chain's] pharmacists were classified as professionals and paid straight time," he said. "For a couple of years, Albertson's went to that system until a question was raised. Then we decided to pay pharmacists on an hourly basis but went back two years and paid them additional overtime. …

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