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Working time: key differences in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Updating author: Nicky Stibbs, consultant editor (Scotland): Gillian MacLellan, consultant editor (Northern Ireland): Gareth Walls

Future developments

Scotland: There are no future developments specific to Scotland.

Northern Ireland: The Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022, which received Royal Assent on 12 May 2022, requires Regulations to be made entitling employees who are victims of domestic abuse to at least 10 days of "safe leave" during each leave year to enable them to deal with issues related to the domestic abuse, such as obtaining legal advice and welfare support, finding accommodation and protecting family members. During safe leave, employees will be entitled to their usual terms and conditions, including remuneration. The Act also requires Regulations to be made extending the right to safe leave to workers, although with modifications. It is not known when the measures will take effect.