Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 20, 2017

Reading comment by my colleagues I fully endorse the following previously made statements:I think that removing these exemptions will impact the safety and quality of patient care positively. Currently when working, I often do not find the time to eat or take a mental break unless time allows it. I think this poses a danger to the public as pharmacists are in a position to impact patient health with the decisions they make. When these same pharmacists are over worked, rushed or tired, it can negatively impact their decision making. I believe removing these exemptions would allow the public to appreciate that pharmacists are people who need to take care of their mental and physical health not just in the context of providing patient care. I understand the implications of this. If eating periods or breaks are implemented, many patients may feel that their time is being wasted if they do not have services provided to them immediately. Additionally, in most cases, much of the services that are provided at a pharmacy are not urgent except in the context of utilizing patients's time. If legally implemented, I think that the removal of these exemptions will benefit both pharmacists and their patients as taking the time to eat or take a break will be respected as a right. Of course, even if legally implemented, many pharmacists will still not take breaks because of how busy they will be but having the option mandated would have a positive impact in my opinion for the reasons stated.

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