Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 20, 2017

I think safety and quality of patient care will be better if removing these exemptions. A mandatory uninterrupted break will improve pharmacist's decision making power. I am working in busy pharmacy and we(all pharmacists in my store) have not had a meal break in last 3 years. Some days even we don't have time to go washroom. This situation make us frustrated and it put patient on risk. Currently pharmacy owners/chain pharmacies take advantage of loophole of these exceptions. Furthermore in retail pharmacies, 30 minutes break will not effects on patients care. If these exceptions are removed and it become mandatory then patients also respects these labor laws and they will not expect any service during mentioned meal time. Also there will be minimum hourly wages. Currently in GTA, a relief complied offered only $ 27 to 29 per hours, which is lower than diploma graduates.

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