Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

Resources For Employers

Brexit & the right to work

As an employer, we know that you are working hard to protect your employees’ best interests in this time, while simultaneously acting in line with the UK’s guidance and employment laws.

Local employers have been raising questions with us around Brexit and employing EU nationals. In these complicated times, we have put together a resource to help you support your staff, protect your business, act within the law and be prepared for changes to come.

Which employees will be affected by Brexit?

Current employees affected by Brexit will be:

  • workers from the EU, EEA or Switzerland,
  • workers that commute from the Republic of Ireland to work in your business,
  • workers that are UK nationals but have family members from another EU country – e.g. a spouse or partner,
  • students from another EU country working in your business – e.g. completing a scholarship or student placement.

Right to work checks: after June 2021

After the 30th June 2021, employees face losing the right to live and work in the UK unless they have status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or status under another category of the Immigration Rules such as a Tier 2 or Tier 5 visa.

The impact on employers is to increase the complexity and costs of recruitment and right to work compliance. If employees do not have the necessary documents in place, it may also put you in a position where you cannot continue to employ them or offer employment to certain applicants, which can cost the business in terms of talent acquisition and retention.

Getting it wrong can also result in criminal liability, as well as civil penalties and fines. This is an important moment to look at your options and ensure that you are compliant with right to work obligations to avoid disruption for your employees and for your businesses.

Frequently Asked Questions

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This project received financial support from South Gloucestershire Council.