Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 20, 2017

I currently work in retail pharmacy; 12 hour shifts. I usually have one meal during my shift which is eaten while I work. I feel that no breaks=potential patient harm. The impact of the pharmacist being unavailable for 30 mins would be minimal: other health care professionals close from 30 minutes to 1 hr for lunch (physicians, optometrists etc...) The pharmacy would not require to be closed if the pharmacist remains on the premises. I have frequently worked more than 50 hours per week with no extra remuneration. I believe that it is unsafe to do so since a tired pharmacist may not be as acutely alert to detect possible medication errors. It would be interesting to analyze medication errors/discipline cases where a pharmacist's "defense" would be the number of consecutive hours worked. I can live without most of the changes proposed but I think it is essential that pharmacists be allowed a 30 min break in an 8 or 12 hr shift. I think personal emergency leave is unreasonable if you are the only pharmacist on duty/available.

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