Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Dec. 7, 2017

I work 12 hours shifts at my pharmacy and we do not have an opportunity to get a proper break to either go to the bathroom or eat our lunch. It would be nice to be able sit down and take a mandatory 30min break to eat my lunch properly without having to be interrupted by customers and rudely eating in front of them while I am working. It's written in the policy that we are entitled to breaks and lunches but it is never enforced which means I never get to take them. The pharmacy should be able to close down for 30min or signs can be posted to the patients informing them that the pharmacist will be back after lunch. I definitely think that lunch breaks need to be mandated for any pharmacist working an 8 or 12 hour shift. Factory workers get breaks and lunches and they don't have patients health and safety at risk. Pharmacists have a responsibility to do no harm to their patients and put their patients safety first, but how can we do that without being able to take breaks and refuel our brain? .Another issue that needs to be addressed is entitlement to our sick days. I was pregnant with twins and came down with a really bad cold one day. I tried to call in sick and no one was able to cover for me. My manager couldn't come in and my supervisor couldn't find anyone to work for me. So I had to come into work with a fever and work a 12 hour shift. Not only did I put mine and my babies health at risk but I also put the public at risk of infection. We are pharmacists, a health care professional and we don't practice what we preach. We tell teachers and students not to go school if they are sick or have a fever to reduce the spread of infection and the same goes for any other work places. Why write any sick days in your policies if you can't even take them? Pharmacists are no different than any other human being. We get sick too and we should be entitled to use our sick days if we need to.

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