Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 27, 2017

Clearly most pharmacists are concerned about adequate meal breaks, which is fair. Keep in mind that YOU ARE PROFESSIONALS. When you are hungry, you have the right to take a reasonable meal break JUST LIKE ANY OTHER HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL. This is in the public's best interest to ensure optimal quality of care. Employers cannot override this basic human need. At the same time you have the ability to choose your schedule: no pharmacist is forced to work long shifts but rather they do because they choose to do so similar to how physicians control their workload. If you are becoming tired after working long shifts, tell your employer to modify your schedule accordingly.

There is HENCE NO NEED to remove our exemptions from the ESA. Removing them would decrease timely access to pharmacy services, and not to mention undermine our professionalism. Certainly a positive step would be to make the many non-pharmacist operators/directors accountable to the OCP and the public, whereby they must register with the OCP. If they try to impose unreasonable or unethical conditions on their pharmacists, YOU HAVE A FIDUCIARY DUTY to report this to the proper authorities such as the OCP or the Ministry.

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