Category: Human resources

Employers, Brexit and the right to work in the UK

By Deval Patel

12 Mar 2019

What do I need to know?

If you currently have employees that are EU nationals you will need to ensure they continue to have the right to work in the UK under the new EU Settlement scheme.

Assuming the UK leaves with a deal, the rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021. Between now and this date, they will need to apply under the EU settlment scheme, if they wish to stay. 

Once your employees have a successful application they will be granted with a ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status, proving their right to work in the UK.

Your responsibilities: 

As an employer it is your responsibility to make sure the correct right to work checks are carried out and you have all the required supporting documentation demonstrating your actions.  

Employing someone that does not have the right to work in the UK can lead to hefty unexpected fines. 

With all the changes in legislation it is in your best interest as an employer to help your employees gain a settled or pre-settled status buy guiding them through the requirements and process. As this can often be a minefield, Gerald Edelman are here to help with our expert knowledge. 

Next steps:

Secure your employees settled or pre-settled status today by getting in touch with one of our chartered HR Consultants who will guide you through the process and carry out right to work checks on all your employees.  

We are also able to carry out background checks, visa checks and review your current right to work check processes. 

For more information on the services that we offer, contact our HR Consultant, Sylvia, at 

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