Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 23, 2017

Pharmacists should be given 1/2 hour uninterrupted lunch break. It is very difficult to focus without having a proper break to eat, rehydrate and to mentally and physically relax for at least 30 minutes. The community pharmacy where I practice can be very busy. When I sit down for a minute or two to take a bite out of my sandwich, I am often interrupted with a question, a counsel etc. Nothing in retail pharmacy should be an emergency that a person can not wait 30 minutes. If there is an emergency, they should call 911. Doctor's offices take a lunch break, nurses/doctors in hospitals take breaks. Patient's can wait in the pharmacy area, walk around the store or come back. It is in the best interest of the patient that the pharmacist on duty is not overly stressed, mentally fatigued, hungry, dehydrated, desperately waiting to use the bathroom. These are all human needs that every individual has--including pharmacist. So yes, we need an uninterrupted break!! Pharmacists should be entitled to overtime pay, vacation pay, public holidays off and personal emergency leave. We should also be entitled to raises. Pharmacists should be protected by the same labour laws as other working individuals, especially since we do not have unions to look out for us as other professionals (nurses) do.

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