Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 19, 2017

In todays environment, pharmacies are located at each corner like Tim Hortons. Moreover, different pharmacies will have different lunch breaks so there will always be access to medications. And the other reality is that patients may have to wait a bit during the Pharmacist breaks. Even currently, at busy pharmacies the wait time can be 30-45 minutes or over an hour at Costco. Lastly, there are no medications that I am aware of in the community practice setting that have to be administered stat (waiting an extra 20-30 minutes is not going to have any detrimental clinical effect). This is a no brainer. The benefits afforded by providing a break (mental/physical/basic physiological needs leading to improved concentration during the rest of the shift which should decrease the risk of errors and INCREASE patient safety) clearly outweigh any potential access concerns as there are numerous pharmacies everywhere. A caveat could be made for stores that do not have any other pharmacies nearby (located within an ___ km radius) provided that the pharmacist signs off on an exemption. The access concern for remote pharmacies may effect less then 1% of Pharmacies/Pharmacists and as mentioned above there could be an exemption made for these situations.

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