Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 20, 2017

While many pharmacists are in favor of removing the exemption, I would like to bring up 2 very important points: #1) A break of 30 minutes (paid or unpaid) is required after 5 hours of work. and #2) A pharmacist must remain on site in order for a pharmacy to operate. Therefore, an unpaid break would mean the pharmacist may leave the premises and thus the pharmacy must shutdown for the entire break period. A paid break would mean the store remains open, but the pharmacist is unavailable for 30 minutes for signing Rx's and consultation. I would now like to bring up the most likely response by employers: Schedule a pharmacist for a maximum of 5 hours, then the next pharmacist will start, thus avoiding the need to close and avoiding the need to pay for a break. being under the ESA will put the number of hours we can work at one store in one day at risk. Do I believe pharmacists should get to eat/use the bathroom etc. during shift? Of course I do. I just don't believe this will be the result of this change for the majority.

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