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Employing people from the EU - a HR perspective

Employing people from the EU - a HR perspective

The United Kingdom (UK) as of today is still a member of the European Union (EU) albeit that we are scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.

The Government is still faced with a number of challenges in agreeing a workable and effective Brexit deal within the House of Parliament. Nevertheless, the position as of today is that EU nationals are free to come to the UK to work without the need for a visa.

If a withdrawal agreement is reached between the UK and the EU, there will be a transitional period between the 29 March 2019 and 31 December 2020 during which EU citizens and their families will be able to continue to come to the UK under the current rules.

EU citizens and their family members who are residing in the UK by 31 December 2020 must then apply under the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 to continue to live and work in the UK.

The Government’s toolkit can help you understand what the scheme means for your company and your employees. It covers who’s eligible, how to apply and where to get further information.

Please note that this position is subject to change if an agreement between the UK and EU is not reached.

HR personnel should therefore encourage their employees who are EU nationals to either apply for a settled or pre-settled status. It is also pivotal to ensure that you carry out right to work checks accordingly.

If you are a business and you employ EU nationals as part of your workforce, and would like further information regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact Yemi Alli on 02477 710218 or email

Yemi can also provide you with practical illustrations of the law, ensuring that your operational practices are consistently compliant with the requisite regulations.

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