Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 23, 2017

It appears that the overwhelming consensus is that the exemptions from ESA should all be removed. Opt-out options will become a tool of discrimination against those who would choose to exercise their rights. Current laws and standards are hazardous to the public by placing unreasonable burdens on pharmacists. The laws that dictate that pharmacies must be owned by pharmacists were long ago circumvented by certain large corporations and often make non-pharmacists the actual beneficiaries of the pharmacy business. Thus, decisions are made for the pharmacists by those who are not pharmacists, leaving the profession poorer for it and the public at greater risk. FULL inclusion of pharmacists under the ESA will not remedy how our profession is practiced, but it will go a long way to preventing further harm. We are human, and we deserve to be treated as such. ANY exclusion under ESA is nothing less than maintaining us (employees) as indentured servants. Given the potential for momentum, I think that there is the makings of a lawsuit here against the provincial government if we are discriminated against any further.

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