Topics

Brexit

Susie MunroEditor's message: The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period was in place until 31 December 2020, during which time EU laws, including the right to free movement within the EEA, continued to apply to the UK.

The main issue concerning HR is the impact of Brexit on their European workforce in the UK and on future recruitment. EEA nationals in the UK by 31 December 2020, the end of the transition period, are entitled to apply for settled or pre-settled status, giving them the right to stay indefinitely. Even though the transition period has now ended, individuals have until 30 June 2021 to apply under the settlement scheme. Employers should encourage their EEA employees to apply now, if they have not already done so.

A new immigration system is now in place, under which EEA nationals coming to work in the UK will need to comply with the same visa requirements as other non-UK nationals. Employers should understand how the new system will affect their recruitment and should consider whether they should now apply for a sponsor licence.

Brexit is unlikely to have an immediate impact on employment law. Workers' rights under EU law, such as working time rights, remain in place, but are now subject to Parliament's control over domestic law.

Susie Munro, senior employment law editor

New and updated