Employers, Brexit and the right to work: are you prepared?
The country may still be in the grip of the COVID-19 crisis but employers are being reminded that the UK is on track to leave the EU at the end of the year and they need to think about putting plans in place for that date.
Any UK-based employees who are citizens of the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, must register for settled status by 30 June 2021, to continue living and working in the UK. Anyone who has got pre-settled status will need to apply again when changing from pre-settled to settled status.
A new points-based system for sponsored workers will also be coming into effect from 1 January 2021, this will cover EU and non-EU migrants alike.
Employers need to check to see if all your staff can continue to live and work legally in the UK post-Brexit. The application process is FREE via the Gov.UK online portal, if anyone has paid a fee when applying to the EU Settlement Scheme then you will receive a refund.
For employers with British nationals working in Europe, it is important to make sure that they can continue to legally work there too.
Right to Work Checks
We know that there are still some employers who have never carried out Right to Work Checks, despite this being a legal obligation. Please contact Spectra HR if you need any advice, as you face the risk of being fined up to £20,000.00 per employee that has not been checked, regardless of whether or not they have the right to work in the UK.
We have received a number of queries recently from our employer clients asking what Brexit may mean for their non-UK/EEA workforce. If you have any questions please get in touch.