There’s no doubt that over the last two years Brexit has raised more questions than it has answers, so we thought it would be helpful to compile some of the questions that employers most frequently ask us.
1. When will there be any impact from Brexit?
Brexit is due to take place (in some form) from Friday 29 March 2019. You should be aware of this date and keep an eye on developments to ensure you know what you must do before that date or immediately afterwards.
2. What changes will take place to my employees’ rights?
As it stands at the moment there are unlikely to be significant changes to UK employment laws when we leave the EU. This means that things like TUPE, parental leave, discrimination legislation, holidays, working time and collective redundancy consultation will remain the same.
3. How will current employees from the EU be affected?
If you have staff from other EU countries working for you after the transition period, the current position is that they will need to register under the governments Settled Status Scheme if they want to stay. The scheme is currently being rolled out with the intention of it being fully open by March 2019.
Employees must apply for the scheme six months before the end of the transition period. There will be a charge, but the figure is not yet known.
Applications will be taken in two categories: citizens who have been resident in the UK for five years, will be entitled to settled status; those who have been resident for less than five years will have to apply for Pre-Settled Status and will be able to stay in order to accrue the five years needed for settled status.
4. How will my drivers get in and out of Europe?
After Brexit the UK government will control entry for non-UK citizens in the same way it does all other countries. This may also be the same for UK citizens visiting the EU. Freedom of movement will not be the same, however, at this stage we don’t know the full extent of this change. It could mean that employees will need documentation such as a visa to enter the EU and there will be stronger checks on vehicles which could delay productivity.
5. Will professionals be able to work in the UK
Right now the UK has stated it aims to continue to attract the brightest and best employees from around the world but this will mean continued recognition of professional qualifications gained in or out of the UK. If this cannot be agreed, this could have a serious impact on those wishing to work in the UK job market. If professionals need to retrain in order to work in the UK, it is likely they will choose an alternative country like France or Germany.