Brexit – workforce planning

With no clear sight of a Brexit deal, it remains sensible for employers to consider how to prepare for a no-deal scenario.  As things stand, it is possible we could leave without a deal on 31st January 2020.  In the meantime, employers should consider the following:

  • Support EEA/ Swiss citizens that already work for you in the UK, and their family members.  Encourage them to make applications for settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme in order to secure their stay in the UK. This should be done before the no-deal deadline of 31st December 2020.
  • Because we don’t know what any new immigration regime will look like post-Brexit, it would be prudent to manage your recruitment pipeline where possible.  If you have EEA/ Swiss recruits you are looking to bring to the UK, you should do so before 31st January 2020 where possible if you want to have better certainty of their ability to remain here long term.     
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