The communications director of the Nova Scotia Premier’s Office is off the job due to apparent legal problems.

"Effective today, May 13, Kyley Harris, director of communications, has been placed on administrative leave with pay, after charges for a domestic matter," said a government spokesperson in a statement released Tuesday evening.

"The charges were brought to the attention of the premier's office late today."

Police will only say a 34-year-old man has been charged with assault after officers were called to a home in Halifax ardoun 8 p.m. Friday.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said he learned of the charge from his chief of staff, who received a call from Harris, around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

"I guess if you take it in order of concern, is that if something is before the courts, the court will deal with that," said McNeil. "Any issues from his employment with us will be determined at a later date."

Harris is due in court next month.