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Employers must prepare for Brexit

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued guidance to help small firms prepare for the UK to leave the European Union on 31 October and tackle key employment issues.

It has warned employers that they may need to check that their UK-based employees, particularly those which are non-British, have professional qualifications which are recognised in the UK, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

EEA (EU and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) or Swiss qualified professionals working in UK-regulated professions will need their qualifications recognised by the relevant UK regulator.

Moreover, if a business owner is employing UK professionals in the EEA or Switzerland, they must check that the employee’s qualifications are recognised by the relevant regulator in the country where they are working.

Employers can help their EU, EEA and Swiss staff get the information they need to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme. This will enable them to secure their rights in the UK. Applicants have until at least 31 December 2020 to make an application.

Current ‘right to work’ checks, such as the sight of a passport or national identity card, apply until the end of 2020. EU citizens can also evidence their right to work using the Government’s online right to work service if they choose to do so. However, they are under no obligation to demonstrate their right to work in this way.

Employers also need to check how they can legally continue to receive personal data such as names, addresses or payroll details from organisations in the EU or EEA after 31 October.

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