People

How Brexit will affect recruitment and staff retention

Essential information on employing EU staff and sending staff to the EU after Brexit.

The Government has published guidance for businesses on employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK. This covers right to work checks, the EU Settlement Scheme and the UK’s new immigration system, which applies from January 1, 2021. You can find more information about the new points-based immigration system in this policy paper.

There is a tool for employees who are EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who want to stay beyond December 31. It guides them through the steps to take. In most cases this will mean applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

There is also an Employer Toolkit to enable businesses to support staff applying to the Settlement Scheme, information to share with employees, an explanatory video, a video on using the ID verification app, a step-by-step guide to what employees should do next and a link to start an EU Settlement Scheme application. Once they have applied, there is guidance on processing times.

There is country-by-country guidance for UK nationals moving to or living in EU or EEA countries. The advice is comprehensive and covers residency, work, access to healthcare and passports.

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has recorded a podcast and webinar with Lee Petts, an HR consultant, exploring what Brexit means for employers.