Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Dec. 15, 2017

Removing the current exemptions would require the pharmacist to take a break regardless if they need one after 5 consecutive hours of work. That means although there may be a few people waiting for prescriptions, flu shots, and patient consultations, the pharmacist will have to leave for a 30 minute break. This will definitely affect all patients’ care. Let’s say everyone decides to wait for the pharmacist to return. But when the pharmacist returns, they have to deal with not only those tasks from before the break, but there will be 30 minutes worth of work that they have to catch up on. Whenever there is too much work, there is a higher chance of dispensing errors. Pharmacists pride themselves in being the most accessible health care provider. So if we remove this exemption and take these mandated breaks, we are also telling the public we are no longer as accessible and that they may have to wait 30 minutes or more to ask us a question. If some pharmacists are very adamant on receiving breaks, then instead of forcing all pharmacists to take breaks, speak with your employer. Ask for a break that is appropriate based on your pharmacy’s workflow. Bring a granola bar or meal replacement to work and take bites or sips from it while you work, just like you would with water. There is no need to remove these exemptions when arrangements can be made by yourselves at work or with your employers.

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