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wagrph

Milton, FL

#1 Dec 24, 2009
Just curious as to what the policy is on RPh breaks. We were told that if you work 8 hrs you could combine the 2 15 min breaks you are supposed to get and use it as a half hour lunch. Any ideas on this?
Tim

Gonzales, LA

#2 Dec 25, 2009
When i work floor (Truck day)& it's a 8 hr day i usually get two 15's and a 30
When i'm on register for 8 or more i get one 15 and one 30. If your working 8 hours or more seems to me like yous should be getting more than 2 15 minute breaks you should at least have a 30 minute lunch you punch out for !

TXA

Since: Aug 09

Houston, TX

#3 Dec 25, 2009
If you have overlap (if another pharmacist is there) you could do that...but it'd only work if you're going to be there on a PM shift. Otherwise, if you're on the AM shift, what's the point?...eat as you can.

Not sure what the rule is for hourly RPH's, but salaried ones will get screwed on lunches. Easier for a tech to get out and have lunch than a pharmacist.
Illinois STL

Nashville, TN

#4 Dec 26, 2009
Like TXA said, usually it's if you have overlap. Most Pharmacies require a pharmacist in there at all times. and if there's not overlap, they can't be gone too long.

I see my pharmacists sometimes eat right back there in the pharmacy, just to stay in the action.
Gerald

Houston, TX

#5 Dec 26, 2009
In my 14 years I don't think I've ever seen a pharmacist take a 30 minute break (pharmacy intern yes, pharmacist no). Unless a store has an unusually high number of scripts as a norm there is hardly any overlap in these days of budget cuts.
LINDA HUNTLEY

Raleigh, NC

#6 Dec 30, 2009
WHEN I WORKED IN THE PHARMACY, I WAS TOLD IF I DID NOT GET MY 15 MIN. BREAK IN BEFORE LUNCH THAT I COULD NOT HAVE THE BREAK AT ALL. I WAS SUPPOSED TO GET 2 15 MIN. BREAKS AND A 30 MIN. UNPAID BREAK FOR LUNCH. THESE BREAKS ARE MANDATED BY WALGREENS AND BY LAW. IF YOU DO NOT TAKE YOUR BREAKS, YOU ARE BASICALLY WORKING OFF THE CLOCK WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW.
Wassonsukks

AOL

#7 Jan 9, 2010
Hey Linda Not smart putting your last name on here unless you can afford not to have a job. I work in a branch and work through my lunch every day. Then the have the balls to say there is a loss prevention department. Its the law in my state to offer a break, use a fake name in the future. Unfortunately I have to work so I am stuck in this hell hole
SamRX

Prairie Hill, TX

#8 Jan 24, 2010
Walgreens policy:
worked 4 hour= 1 paid 15min break
worked 5 hour= 1 paid 15min break and 1 unpaid 30min break
worked 8 hour= 2 paid 15min break and 1 unpaid 30min break

What really happens:
I have worked at 4 different walgreens, no one had a paid 15 min break and if your the only pharmacist that day, no lunch break. I may be working off the clock which is against the law, but I wish to keep my job since it took me over 6 month just to find this job.
Shermy

River Grove, IL

#9 Jan 24, 2010
The 15 minute breaks (if you're working past 5hrs) are a thing of ancient history for the entire store. That hasn't occurred in any store I've been in for the last 12 years
Shermy

River Grove, IL

#10 Jan 24, 2010
There is no federal law mandating lunch breaks, therefore, it is left up to the states. These are the following states that mandate lunch breaks - California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, and West Virginia. If your state is not on the list then, by law, your employer doesn't have to give you one. However, it is Walgreens policy. Then again, most managers I've worked with and most DMs couldn't care less -- especially when it comes to their management team and pharmacists.
no name

Lilburn, GA

#11 Feb 6, 2010
wagrph wrote:
Just curious as to what the policy is on RPh breaks. We were told that if you work 8 hrs you could combine the 2 15 min breaks you are supposed to get and use it as a half hour lunch. Any ideas on this?
Try working 12 hours with no break. That is what 9-9 store pharmacists face. And now more tech hours being cut. I was once proud to work for Walgreens but not any more. They used to care about their employees and customer service was a top priority and you had the staff to handle the volume. Not any more. Working there sucks. Customers need to know they are not going to continue to get the best service anymore...how many people can 1 pharmacist and no tech help?
whodat

Sarasota, FL

#12 Feb 12, 2010
"Customers need to know they are not going to continue to get the best service anymore...how many people can 1 pharmacist and no tech help?"

all of them and you better do it quickly too!
unknown

Tempe, AZ

#13 Jul 17, 2013
LINDA HUNTLEY wrote:
WHEN I WORKED IN THE PHARMACY, I WAS TOLD IF I DID NOT GET MY 15 MIN. BREAK IN BEFORE LUNCH THAT I COULD NOT HAVE THE BREAK AT ALL. I WAS SUPPOSED TO GET 2 15 MIN. BREAKS AND A 30 MIN. UNPAID BREAK FOR LUNCH. THESE BREAKS ARE MANDATED BY WALGREENS AND BY LAW. IF YOU DO NOT TAKE YOUR BREAKS, YOU ARE BASICALLY WORKING OFF THE CLOCK WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW.
Are u sure about the mandate?
unknown

Tempe, AZ

#15 Jul 17, 2013
We as Technicians do 70 percent of the work. We get no recognition or pay for our knowledge. Without us u pharmacists would be de dead in the water. None of u, repeat, none of u could do what we do. U complain of no lunches. Well try being underpaid for, again, doing 70 percent of the work for 1/5 to 1/3 (depending on longevity) for 70 percent f of the workYet we get no breaks as hourly employees. Some of u complain of working up to 12 hours without a lunch. Well, most of u leave after 6 hours of work when u r required to be there for 8.That means u have only worked for 36 of your required 40.That is COMPANY THEFT. In my opinion u should all be fired. U can try to argue that u r salary, but salary is minimum 40 hours. Supervisors always ask to be informed of this behavior, yet nothing is ever done. What would happen if all senior technicians decided to go on strike/boycot the company? U need to start appreciating. U know at 70 percent of control we can make up a large amount of ur bonus, just say'n!!
Jeff

Mesa, AZ

#16 Jul 18, 2013
unknown wrote:
We as Technicians do 70 percent of the work. We get no recognition or pay for our knowledge. Without us u pharmacists would be de dead in the water. None of u, repeat, none of u could do what we do. U complain of no lunches. Well try being underpaid for, again, doing 70 percent of the work for 1/5 to 1/3 (depending on longevity) for 70 percent f of the workYet we get no breaks as hourly employees. Some of u complain of working up to 12 hours without a lunch. Well, most of u leave after 6 hours of work when u r required to be there for 8.That means u have only worked for 36 of your required 40.That is COMPANY THEFT. In my opinion u should all be fired. U can try to argue that u r salary, but salary is minimum 40 hours. Supervisors always ask to be informed of this behavior, yet nothing is ever done. What would happen if all senior technicians decided to go on strike/boycot the company? U need to start appreciating. U know at 70 percent of control we can make up a large amount of ur bonus, just say'n!!
Why don't you go to pharmacy school and show us all how it should be done?
WAG this

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Jul 18, 2013
unknown wrote:
We as Technicians do 70 percent of the work. We get no recognition or pay for our knowledge. Without us u pharmacists would be de dead in the water. None of u, repeat, none of u could do what we do. U complain of no lunches. Well try being underpaid for, again, doing 70 percent of the work for 1/5 to 1/3 (depending on longevity) for 70 percent f of the workYet we get no breaks as hourly employees. Some of u complain of working up to 12 hours without a lunch. Well, most of u leave after 6 hours of work when u r required to be there for 8.That means u have only worked for 36 of your required 40.That is COMPANY THEFT. In my opinion u should all be fired. U can try to argue that u r salary, but salary is minimum 40 hours. Supervisors always ask to be informed of this behavior, yet nothing is ever done. What would happen if all senior technicians decided to go on strike/boycot the company? U need to start appreciating. U know at 70 percent of control we can make up a large amount of ur bonus, just say'n!!
I don't know who YOU work with that gets to leave after 6 hours every day, but that doesn't happen here. As far as you doing 70% of the work, well we are taking 100% of the liability for 100% of the knowledge. Put yourself through school and make some money rather than bitching. You don't have time? You're on here!
AlI

Cottonwood, AZ

#18 Jul 18, 2013
unknown wrote:
We as Technicians do 70 percent of the work. We get no recognition or pay for our knowledge. Without us u pharmacists would be de dead in the water. None of u, repeat, none of u could do what we do. U complain of no lunches. Well try being underpaid for, again, doing 70 percent of the work for 1/5 to 1/3 (depending on longevity) for 70 percent f of the workYet we get no breaks as hourly employees. Some of u complain of working up to 12 hours without a lunch. Well, most of u leave after 6 hours of work when u r required to be there for 8.That means u have only worked for 36 of your required 40.That is COMPANY THEFT. In my opinion u should all be fired. U can try to argue that u r salary, but salary is minimum 40 hours. Supervisors always ask to be informed of this behavior, yet nothing is ever done. What would happen if all senior technicians decided to go on strike/boycot the company? U need to start appreciating. U know at 70 percent of control we can make up a large amount of ur bonus, just say'n!!
I'm a technician as well, but you're clearly an idiot. Yes, techs do a lot of dirty work. But all of that weighs on the shoulders of the pharmacist. They're the ones who get written up for YOUR mistakes. Techs like you are what's wrong with this company. And even if some pharmacists do leave after 36 hours...you do know that they have to do outreach, doctor detailing, etc. that's work outside of the pharmacy. Be well
Jay

Boston, MA

#19 Jan 19, 2014
I'm curious to know if a pharmacy tech receives a break if they're scheduled to work a 6 hour shift?
EXAasm

United States

#20 Jan 19, 2014
Jay wrote:
I'm curious to know if a pharmacy tech receives a break if they're scheduled to work a 6 hour shift?
Check the labor laws in your states, but this is how it usually works for all HOURLY employees:

At least 6 hours a day: one paid 15 min break, one UNPAID 30 minute break

At least 8 hours a day: two paid 15 min breaks, one UNPAID 30 minute break

Hope this helps.
thespaz

Columbia City, IN

#21 Jan 19, 2014
Exa for a pharmacist you are wrong in most states. Pharmacists qualify as medical professionals. So federally and in most stated the break and lunch rules do not apply. The federal regulation does not require breaks or lunches. The regulation states clearly A employer should give those breaks. The idea behind it was to allow states to adopt specific rules. What ended up happening in most states they just copied the federal laws word for word.

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