Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 26, 2017

It is a real tragedy when I see and meet so many of my colleagues taxed to such a degree which is completely unfair. Many regret entering the profession and they are severely understaffed, and hence dangerously overworked, and unjustifiably undercompensated and numerous proprietors simply do not care as I have worked for and met many of them who poorly manage their pharmacies which, ironically, in some cases, they are extensions of grossly managed personal lives. Twelve hour shifts must include two 1 hour breaks. For every four hours of work a 15 minute break should be mandatory with a 30 minute lunch(dinner) or in an eight hour shift an hour break and these moments to decompress must not be interrupted. Time to decompress and regroup for the pharmacists will help reduce dispensing errors. Sick days and emergency leaves for caring for an ill loved one should also be carefully addressed and considered as a necessary implementation. Plus as advocates of a healthy lifestyle, we pharmacists deserve to have the opportunity to also do so for ourselves. Pharmacists are human beings and as such, we deserve the same workplace rights as everyone else and the industry must be done with the plethora of pharmacy proprietors who use pharmacists as disposable commodities.

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