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Protection of Workers submissions invited

9 July 2010

A call for evidence has been issued by Holyrood's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee inviting submissions on the Protection of Workers (Scotland) Bill, a member’s bill introduced by Hugh Henry MSP. 

The purpose of the bill is to create a new offence of assault against a worker whose employment involves dealing with members of the public to any extent (but only where the worker is physically present in the same place as members of the public and is either interacting directly with, or providing a service to, the public). The offence covers assaults while such workers are acting in the course of their work and also assaults that take place at other times but which relate to their work.

Drafted by Govan Law Centre, the bill aims to provide protection to these workers by applying similar principles to those applied in the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 (the EWA), which provides protection to some emergency service and health care workers. The penalties mirror those of the EWA, which as amended are a maximum jail term of 12 months and/or a monetary fine of £10,000.

Interested parties are invited to submit written evidence on the general principles of the bill by 3 September 2010, to protectionofworkersscotlandbill@scottish.parliament.uk . The committee will take oral evidence from September to December 2010.

Click here to see the call for evidence.

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