Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 17, 2017

There is no reason why pharmacists or any other health professionals should be exempted or subjected to special exclusions under the Employment Standards Act.

For my colleagues and members of the public - there is a link outlining what pharmacists are exempt from:

https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/tools/srt/coverage_ems_pharmacists.php

The pharmacists’ working conditions have gradually deteriorated over the course of the last decade - pharmacist nowadays have to tackle an ever increasing workload and performance expectations, inadequate technician support, wage stagnation and job insecurity.

Once prestigious and respected, the profession of pharmacy has been effectively reduced to a labour force powering immense corporate profits.

Depriving pharmacists from basic rights enjoyed by all other employees does very little to improve public safety. It does, however, reduce the employers’ expenses somewhat and therefore maximizes profits.

It is inappropriate to misrepresent corporate interests as public safety concerns, but hardly surprising, considering the corporate and private sector infiltration into the regulatory structures of the profession.

I fail to see how increased workplace stress and pressure would improve public safety or accessibility to care.

If the college and the government are truly concerned with public safety, they should consider implementing a standard in order to limit the number of prescriptions that can be safely checked and other professional interventions that can be safely performed during a work shift, instead of relieving employers from the responsibility to meet the most basic employment standards and to provide adequate working environment.

All exemptions under ESA should be removed!

After all, a standard is only true to its meaning when universally applied.

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