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Keep your business moving after Brexit.

01 January 2021

Whilst greeting in the New Year the UK said goodbye to the European Union. As a UK recruiter we wanted to keep our clients updated on how Brexit could influence your business with staff retention and hiring.

As an employer you need to ensure your current and future workforce can continue to move forward.

Here is a brief outline about the new “Settlement Status” required by all EU, EEA or Swiss citizens currently living & working in the UK, with quick links for official advice. 

While it is not a legal obligation for an employer to ensure all EU, EEA or Swiss citizen employees have gone through the Settlement Process; your employees are at risk of not being able to continue living or working in the UK if they do not apply to the scheme.

Settlement or Pre-Settlement status must be obtained by 30th June 2021.

What’s the difference between Settled or Pre-settled status?

Settled Status

  • 5 years continuous living in the UK.

  • Resident in the UK on 31st December 2020,

  • Gives full right to live and work in the UK, without a time limitation.

Pre-settled Status

  • Must have started living in the UK by 31st December 2020,

  • Someone with pre-settled status can live & work in the UK for 5 years,

  • Employees can apply for settled status once they have completed 5 years continuous living in the UK,

  • Settled status must be obtained before the pre-settled status expires.

Employees rights with settled or pre-settled status

They will be able to:

  • Work in the UK,

  • Use the NHS for free,

  • Enrol in education or study in the UK,

  • Access public funds such as benefits and pensions if they are eligible for them,

  • Travel in and out of the UK.

How is the Status confirmed?
Once an application is successful the employee will receive a letter or email confirming this, but this is not proof of right to work for an employer.

The worker needs to provide an employer with a shared code for the immigration system to check they have rights.

Useful links to read: -
You may wish to direct employees to the information that the government is providing by using their Employer Tool Kit.

Introduction for Employers on EU Settlement Scheme and Obligations.

We hope you have found this email informative and helpful, but please note we are an Employment Agency / Business, not a legal entity. Please seek your own advice via the Government Website (links above), your own solicitors or HR Resource. This email is purely to give you direction on how to find the information on changes. We accept no legal responsibility / liability for how you use this content.

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Planning Recruitment is an Employment Agency / Business providing permanent and contract staff to Architectural Practices and Law Firms.

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