Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Dec. 7, 2017

I am very fortunate to work at a Shoppers Drug Mart that gives pharmacists an hour lunch and two 15min breaks for a nine hour shift WITH pharmacist overlap (the nine hours includes the one hour lunch). However, Head Office might be changing all that to increase script count and increase profits and I am not going to stand for that.

Breaks for everyone in pharmacy is important to recharge, eat and go to the bathroom. I know for myself that when I'm hungry I don't focus as well and it's a patient safety concern. With outpatient pharmacies, patients are not emergencies. They are stable, with conditions that are not severe or life-threatening. They should understand that the pharmacist can't check their prescription RIGHT NOW because they needed to go to the bathroom. And that they are stable patients who can afford to wait 15 - 20min for their blood pressure pills or antibiotics. I know your child with AOM would like to go home now, but have some compassion for the professional on their feet all day.

Pharmacists in outpatient settings need to have breaks (especially if working 12h shifts). The fact that we have this "exemption" is just a way for corporations to exploit their workers for the sake of more production (rather than for accuracy). I am very lucky that my previous associate knew the value in breaks for everyone. It shouldn't be about wait times. It should be about having a healthy, functioning staff to provide the best care.

Reply or Back