Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 19, 2017

I absolutely agree with taking the ESA exemption away from pharmacists, having minimum wage for pharmacists put in and being paid overtime after working 44 hours as well as having minimum hours in between shifts. I have worked both community and hospital pharmacy settings and know that without having the required uninterrupted mental and nutritional break is very unsafe for the public because the chances for errors increased dramatically when tired and hungry or need to go to the washroom.

Working in a hospital environment where we are currently expected to work an 8 hour evenung shift and be expected to work a subsequent morning shift 9 hours later because we are exempted from ESA really puts the public safety at risk. Imagine every day hospital pharmacist clinical services such as adjusting warfarin based on INR, adjusting Vancomycin doses, and adjusting renal doses etc all under the condition of not having sufficient time to go home and get enough sleep. We are in a profession where our errors can lead to fatal mistakes yet we are expected to work under conditions where we are not getting enough breaks or enough sleep.

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