Feedback for Exemptions and Exclusions Under the Employment Standards Act

Pharmacist  ·  Nov. 20, 2017

Finally, we are discussing a long standing issue that should have been resolved decades ago. I am glad the college is bringing this topic now. In retail, pharmacists can work 14 to 16 hours with no break. If the pharmacist choose to eat, he has to sit in the counseling room and still technians will call him to counsel a patient, make a recommendation or take a verbal order. Pharmacists are insulted/harassed by patients and there are no regulations that can protect them.

Here are my recommendations: Limit work hrs to 8 hrs a day for any pharmacist. For every 3 hrs of work, Pharmacists should be offered 20 minutes paid breaks. Limit the number of part time Pharmacists on payroll to one and employers should offer full time benefits to any pharmacist work on regular schedule even if it is once a week. To make dispensary safe, ensure # of staff match the workload. So number of staff should be sufficient to # of Rx dispensed daily. Enforce minimum wage at 50/hr and greedy employers should understand that it is a fair compensation for pharmacists who work in a physically and mentally stressful environment. Pharmacists should be paid overtime when required. We are perceived as cheap service provider. For example we are paid 7 dollars (that go to corporate or the associate) and the pharmacist is given nothing. Not sure what MDs are given by the government. Hopefully, we can see a resolution soon.

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