Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Dec. 14, 2017

First of all, I would like to thank the ministry of labour who brought up this issue. It is nice to see that someone is caring about our work condition.

I agree to remove exmption for break. I think the patient care will not be affected . It is a good step in order to ensure pharmacist's healthy mind and body and as a result patient will benefit from better care. However, it should be implemented in a way that the pharmacy closes for unitrputted break. Patients will get used to it the same way they get used to doctor's offices close for 1 or 2 hours for lunch break. It should be ensured that this exemption removal will have no adverse effect on our employment.

I don't believe in limiting daily and weekly hours as long as there is a reasonable break time. 

I agree to have emergency leave rights.

I agree to have sick leave and we should not wait long hours to get another pharmacist take over our shift.

The employer needs to pay overtime if the pharmacist needs to stay overtime for a late customer and for the time preparing the pharmacy to open on time. The employer needs to pay for the time they ask the pharmacit's to go for clinic days or some courses like CPR and injection courses on their day off.  We don't get paid at all for the we spend for these extra hours.

Expanded scope of practice not only did not increase our income but also increased our workload. I appreciate OCP working on these extra scope but I also appreciate if OCP evaluates how much the added scopes have affected our other responsibilties as with less assitants, it is very challenging to deliver all the services with the quality we expect. It used to be that the owner of the pharmacy was supposed to be a pharmacist. Non-pharmacists having shares in pharmacies and for them pharmacy is only business but for us is profession and business. With so many graduates being added to the job market, I think it will be a good idea to give more share to the pharmacists to own a pharmacy. I think it will be beneficial to the public as well.

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