Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Public  ·  Nov. 22, 2017

A pharmacist's job, first and foremost, is to safely deliver the required medication to the patient. When someone does not have adequate sustenance to maintain energy and focus for long hours, they cannot do their job properly. In a busy urban setting, there is no time for a pharmacist to eat while they work, let alone use the washroom. Mandating a rest period where they can get off their feet, eat, use the washroom, make a phone call or simply remove themselves from the busyness of their day, only makes sense. There is no reason that a technician or assistant can't look after customers. Obviously, no checks can be completed without the pharmacist, so some patients would have to wait. That may be inconvenient, but when it is framed positively, in terms of patient safety, most people would be understanding. Pharmacists hold health and safety in their hands. They need regulated break times and work limits (max hours per week) as do pilots and truck drivers.

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