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Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007

Section 41.  Protections from actions for damages

80.Section 41 ensures that the decision to list, or not to list, an individual or information provided for such consideration cannot be the subject of proceedings for loss or damage. This means, for example, that a teacher who loses their job after being listed cannot sue the Scottish Ministers for loss of earnings, whether or not the decision to list is upheld on appeal. However, an information provider who, knowingly or recklessly, provides untrue or misleading information is not protected from actions for damages. For example, an employer who makes malicious claims in support of a referral is not protected under section 41(1).

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