Editor's message: The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period applies until 31 December 2020, during which time EU laws will continue to apply to the UK. Therefore, employers still have time to prepare for the effects of Brexit.
One of the issues of particular interest to many organisations is the impact of Brexit on their European workforce in the UK. Under the agreement on citizens' rights reached by the EU and UK, EU citizens who arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020, the end of the transition period, will be entitled to apply for settled or pre-settled status. Settled status will be granted when they have five years' continuous residence in the UK. This will give them the right to stay indefinitely.
Brexit is unlikely to have an immediate impact on employment law. Current workers' rights under EU law, such as working time rights, will remain in effect during the transition period, but will become subject to Parliament's control over domestic law after the transition period.
Susie Munro, senior employment law editor
Updated to flag up the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the processing of applications for settled status.
Following the UK's departure from the EU on 31 January 2020, EU law continues to apply to the UK as if it were a member of the EU until 31 December 2020, the date when the transition period ends. Our resources will help employers to prepare for the end of the free movement rules and the new regime that will be in effect from 1 January 2021, and to understand potential changes to UK employment law.
Updated to include information on the Government's policy statement on the new immigration system to apply from 1 January 2021.
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