How to prepare for Brexit
Author: Louise Haycock, Fragomen
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- Be aware that a transition period is now in place from the date the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 until 31 December 2020 and during this period, the right of free movement for UK nationals and EEA nationals in the UK will continue.
- Understand the settlement scheme for EEA nationals in the UK and the process for applying for settled or pre-settled status.
- Consider the position of employees on international assignments and international commuters in relation to qualification for settled status.
- Be aware that UK nationals working in the EEA are expected to have access to equivalent schemes to obtain settled status.
- Understand the Government's proposals for a new UK immigration regime and how this will impact the organisation at the end of the transition period.
- Carry out an audit of the workforce to establish which employees are EEA nationals in the UK or British nationals in the EEA.
- Communicate with the workforce on the potential impact of Brexit and support available to employees.
- Consider providing assistance with applications for settled and pre-settled status.
- Review policies and documents to identify those that may need to be amended as a result of Brexit.
- Identify potential skills gaps and labour shortages and plan how to address these.
- Prepare for HR involvement in strategic decisions on relocation.