Magazine article Drug Topics

Massachusetts Pharmacists Discover State Meal-Break Law

Magazine article Drug Topics

Massachusetts Pharmacists Discover State Meal-Break Law

Article excerpt

Massachusetts pharmacists discover state meal-break law

Pharmacists in Massachusetts are entitled to meal breaks under a state labor law, according to a letter of clarification from the office of the attorney general.

Pharmacists are included among employees who "shall not be required to work more than six hours during a calendar day without an interval of at least 30 minutes for a meal," said Joan Parker, state director of safety, in a letter to an attorney who is the general counsel for the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association (MPhA). She pointed out that employers can ask for an exemption to the law but that no requests have been made on behalf of pharmacies to exempt R.Ph.s from the meal-break law. Employers who violate the law face a fine of between $300 and $600 following criminal prosecution.

The clarification of the status of pharmacists came about after MPhA conducted a wide-ranging survey of its members, said Carmelo Cinqueonce, executive v.p. of the organization. The results showed a "clear indication that pharmacists are frustrated by the inability to take a meal break or any break for that matter," he said. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.