Help your clients prepare their workforce for EU Exit today
- Edited by:
- Bloomsbury Professional staff
- Bloomsbury Professional
- Publication Date:
- 24th September 2020
More than two thirds of EU citizens in the UK are currently here for work. They may be your clients or your clients' employees. If they want to continue living and working in the UK after it leaves the EU, these citizens, and their family members, can apply now to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
What does this mean for your clients?
Their EU, EEA, or Swiss employees, and their family members, can apply to the EUSS if they want to continue to live, work, and study in the UK after 31 December 2020. This applies whether we leave with a deal or with no deal.
Under the scheme, successful applications will be granted either settled or pre-settled status. Which status applicants get depends on how long they have been living in the UK when they apply. With both pre-settled and settled status, they can continue to work in the UK, use public services like the NHS, and access public funds such as pensions.
How can you help your clients?
- Make your clients aware that all EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens, and their family members, can apply to the EUSS now. The Scheme is now open for applications (Irish citizens do not need to apply)
- Share the Employer Toolkit with them. The toolkit includes useful items such as posters, videos, and explainers on how to apply. It will help employers share information about the scheme with their employees
- Point them to EUSS pages on GOV.UK for further information.
What are their obligations?
Your clients, as employers, are not obliged to pass on this information to their staff. They also do not need to check whether their staff have applied. However, lots of employers want to offer reassurance to their employees and make sure they have the right information.
Finally, employers have a duty not to discriminate against EU citizens in light of the UK's decision to leave the EU, both as a prospective and current employer. There are no changes to current right to work checks. These will not change until the Future Borders and Immigration System is introduced in 2021.