Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacy Technician  ·  Nov. 22, 2017

I worked in a retail pharmacy in a large retail store. There was pharmacist overlap and time for each pharmacist to take a lunch. On weekends the pharmacy had only one pharmacist and we closed for a half hour lunch. Customers grumbled but understood that the pharmacist needed a break. Then company decided that the pharmacy needed to stay open as long as the store was open. The pharmacists now overlap shifts seven days a week and get their meal break. But their hours are longer and get fewer weekends off. Where I work now, also a retail pharmacy within a large store, the pharmacists overlap during the week. Two of our pharmacists utilize the option of taking a meal break and one pharmacist NEVER takes a break even though there is another pharmacist to cover. That pharmacist feels taking a break is a sign of personal weakness. If our company has the "opt out" nothing will change. Two of the pharmacists will take their breaks and one pharmacists will "opt out" because they "don't need to stop".

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