Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 22, 2017

While I agree wholeheartedly that pharmacists should be given more respect in the workplace as far as breaks and lunches are concerned, I feel that to necessitating change starts with taking said breaks and lunches. I, for one, will direct my staff to tell patients that I am having lunch, and to come back in 20 minutes, or leave a name an number for me to call when I am able. While most patients are understanding; there are some who are not. Recently, I found a small window of opportunity to have dinner in the private consultation room at 7:30pm, only to overhear "You mean I have to wait until someone finishes eating to get a flu shot?" directed at my assistant, to which she simply replied "Yes". I say it is time for pharmacists to take breaks, go to the washroom, eat their lunch, or just put our feet up and catch up on the daily news. Our profession has bowed to the corporate and societal mindset of instant gratification far too long. "No appointment necessary...ask the pharmacist...just ask us anything." Enough, already.

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