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Protection of Workers (Retail and Age Restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Bill

Overview

The Bill is being proposed to provide more protection to retail workers. It will also protect workers providing goods and services that are age restricted. For example a shop assistant selling fireworks to people over 18 years old.

When people doing retail work are on duty, this Bill makes it a criminal offence to:

  • assault them
  • threaten them
  • abuse them
  • obstruct or hinder them – this means hold back from their work 

You can find out more in the document prepared on behalf of Daniel Johnson MSP that explains the bill.

Why the Bill was created

Workers in retail and people providing age restricted goods and services may be at a higher risk of assault or abuse. 

The Bill will create a new offence of assaulting a retail worker. It makes specific provision relating to workers who provide age restricted goods and services. 

You can find out more in the document prepared on behalf of Daniel Johnson MSP that explains the bill.

The Bill at different stages

'Bills' are proposed laws. Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) discuss them to decide if they should become law.

Here are the different versions of the Bill:

The Bill as introduced

Protection of Workers (Retail and Age Restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Bill as introduced

The Scottish Government sends the Bill and the related documents to the Scottish Parliament.

Bill is at ScottishParliament.SC.Feature.BillComponents.Models.BillStageModel?.DefaultBillStage?.Stage_Name stage.

Where do laws come from?

The Scottish Parliament can make decisions about many things like:

  • agriculture and fisheries
  • education and training
  • environment
  • health and social services
  • housing
  • justice and policing
  • local government
  • some aspects of tax and social security

These are 'devolved matters'.

Laws that are decided by the Scottish Parliament come from:

Government Bills

These are Bills that have been introduced by the Scottish Government. They are sometimes called 'Executive Bills'.

Most of the laws that the Scottish Parliament looks at are Government Bills.

Hybrid Bills

These Bills are suggested by the Scottish Government.

As well as having an impact on a general law, they could also have an impact on organisations' or the public's private interests.

The first Hybrid Bill was the Forth Crossing Bill.

Members' Bill

These are Bills suggested by MSPs. Every MSP can try to get 2 laws passed in the time between elections. This 5-year period is called a 'parliamentary session'.

To do this, they need other MSPs from different political parties to support their Bills.

Committee Bills

These are Bills suggested by a group of MSPs called a committee.

These are Public Bills because they will change general law.

Private Bills

These are Bills suggested by a person, group or company. They usually:

  • add to an existing law
  • change an existing law

A committee would be created to work on a Private Bill.

Bill stage timeline

The Protection of Workers (Retail and Age Restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Bill is at Stage 1.