Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacy Assistant  ·  Dec. 1, 2017

Pharmacists are not a machine. Human needs break. A break should be mandatory for a busy workplace. Lot has been published that directly link human performance and importance of taking break/vacation. There is no doubt that proper break time can reduce the odds of dispensing error and increase productivity. Standing (as most of the employer doesn't keep chair or stool ) for 8 to 12 hours without break for meal/coffee is a clearly unfair working condition for a pharmacist.

In order to utilize ministry funding most appropriately/productively, the number of billing for med review per pharmacist per day and per year must have the cap. (e.g max 1 med review a day or 100 med reviews a year per pharmacist). Making med review lengthier is a less wise approach. ODB/OCP should control billing for med review –that will ease pressure on pharmacist from an employer.

12 hours shifts for 4 consecutive days, closing at 12 midnight and opening early morning should not be allowed. Agencies are deteriorating profession very rapidly and employer utilizing those salary data to further reduce pay for the pharmacist.

Minimum wage, Rx/day/pharmacist, Med review/day/year/pharmacist should have some range. There is no harm giving other benefits like vacation pay, overtime etc, Current, salary for the pharmacist is not attractive and they deserve these benefits as other employees.

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