How to prepare for Brexit
Author: Louise Haycock, Fragomen
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- Be aware that the current right of free movement for UK nationals and EEA nationals in the UK is coming to an end.
- Understand the settlement scheme for EEA nationals in the UK and the process for applying for settled or pre-settled status.
- Recognise that while a transition period has been agreed, this will not apply in a no-deal scenario, and understand the implications of this for the organisation.
- 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, provided that a deal is finalised.
- 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.
- Be aware that some employees may still wish to apply for permanent residence under the current system.
- Understand the proposals for the post-Brexit immigration regime and how this will impact the organisation.
- 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.
- Consider whether or not to take part in lobbying on post-Brexit immigration policy.
- Prepare for HR involvement in strategic decisions on relocation.