Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 27, 2017

I believe the exemptions to the ESA were necessary when most pharmacists were the owners of their own pharmacy and when only one pharmacy existed in many communities. However, most pharmacists are now employees of chains, franchises, hospitals, etc. With the abundance of pharmacists and pharmacies within most communities, I no longer see the need for the exemptions to continue. If an overlap of pharmacists is not feasible to allow for nutrition breaks, operating a lock and leave for 30 minutes for a lunch and/or supper break will not jeopardize the health of the public which we serve. Yes, it may be an inconvenience, but we must also consider and respect the health and wellness of employee pharmacists.

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