Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 18, 2017

Having read the feedback of fellow colleagues, I find it overwhelmingly clear that pharmacists are actually human beings that do require basic work rights that must be legislatively protected. It is unbelievable that pharmacists have even been exempted for so long! It is also unbelievable that only some employers recognize their employees are humans (for a few years now) and shut down for lunch, as an example, where others are just realizing that it’s actually ok for employees to eat or take a break without any real impact to the bottom line. I think most pharmacists are a quiet, selfless bunch that are highly dedicated to providing quality care and services to their patients. To those that work in a community setting...let me ask... are there any pharmacists out there who have never suffered from mental stress, anxiety, headaches, insomnia, circulatory problems, metabolic issues, leg tiredness and/or hunger....maybe attributed to the job? How ironic that we counsel our patients yet suffer from the same ailments! Employers can say it’s ok to take a break, eat your lunch and find time to go to a bathroom but until they tell their customers in their stores that it’s ok...that they value the health and wealth of their employees...then it really isn’t. Pharmacists shouldn’t have to bare the brunt or feel guilty to explain why they need to eat or take a break. They already have the expectation to do more and more with less and less (never mind the compensation issue). I challenge these employers to not wait until ESA forces the issue. Our legislative and lobbying bodies need to address and support their members in educating the public about why pharmacists need to ‘take a break’ in order to protect them. Being the most trusted and accessible, I’m sure the public would agree that pharmacists are actually humans too.

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