Workforce Preparations for Brexit

The government has advised that EU citizens who wish to continue to work, live, or study in the UK, after it leaves the EU on 31 December 2020, should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

An employer toolkit is available to assist with the application and includes posters, videos, and relevant information on how to apply to the scheme. The government has created the toolkit for employers to share when necessary. However, there is no duty to provide the toolkit information or ensure employees have applied.

A recent HMRC Agent Update includes further guidance on employer obligations and states, “employers have a duty not to discriminate against EU citizens in light of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, both as a prospective and current employer”.

Successful applicants will receive either a settled or pre-settled status. The outcome can be influenced by how long an EU citizen has been living in the UK and, when the application is submitted.

Contact us for more guidance on this matter.