Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 17, 2017

Without question, pharmacists should be entitled to overtime pay, max hours of work, etc.

Breaks are a bit trickier. You asked us to comment on access, quality and safety.

Safety will be improved, without a doubt, if a pharmacist has even 10 minutes to sit down and eat outside the pharmacy. Right now, pharmacists are over-stressed and over-worked; why are we also keeping them under-fed and dizzy? On more than one occasion, my pharmacy was so busy, I rushed to gobble down my food, and I choked. Many people will focus on safety for patients, but let's not also forget safety for pharmacists!

Access: yes, this will be impacted. Unless a pharmacy has overlap--and many don't--there will temporarily be a delay in care. Is this really a bad thing? Anyone who needs care stat should be at an emergency room, not a pharmacy. Our society expects instant gratification, but this isn't realistic, especially in a health care setting.

Quality: this could go both ways. I think it will improve drastically if the pharmacist has a better frame of mind. However, there will be just as much work to do, with half an hour less to do it in.

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