General Business Preparations

HR Solutions are continually discussing the impact on HR and employment legislation with the aim of providing practical advice to help businesses to get ready for Brexit. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has written to the EU confirming the UK’s acceptance of the new Brexit extension until 31st January 2020.  European leaders agreed to the UK’s request for a Brexit extension from the former date of 31st October 2019.  Below are suggestions for how an organisation as a whole may identify the potential impact that Brexit could have on its operations and how developments may be monitored.

Set up a working party | Brexit Preparation

Set Up A Working Party

We have been suggesting to organisations that they set up a working party comprised of individuals who represent key departments that may be impacted by Brexit. This should help to build the picture of the extent to which the organisation as a whole may be affected, e.g. your supply chain.  You may consider meeting regularly to discuss both external developments (issues that have come up in the market, changes to the law, feedback from suppliers etc.) and also internal developments (such as action points that have been discussed and agreed, awareness raising exercises, concerns of others that have been put to the department representative etc.). 

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Get Ready for Brexit Checker

The government have launched a campaign to help ensure that businesses (and the general public) are ready for the UK to exit the EU. It recognises that businesses who employ EU nationals, who deal with data from the EU or who import or export to the EU, will all be affected. The checker is designed to be a quick way to check the ways in which all areas of your business may need to prepare and points to government guidance on general and niche areas.

Access Brexit Checker

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Webinar Recordings – Watch on Demand

HR Solutions have several free webinar recordings available that discuss the impact of Brexit on employers.  Click on the links below to watch the webinars on demand and at your convinience.

Job References and GDPR
The Future for Workers (Status and Rights)
Brexit HR and Employment Law
Managing the Impact of Brexit

Brexit Business Preparation Seminars | HR Solutions

Brexit Business Preparation – Fact Sheet & Video

Download Brexit Fact Sheet
Watch Video - Brexit, HR and Employment Law

To help with Brexit essentials for businesses to sense check their preparations,  HR Solutions teamed up with the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) as well as SEMLEP’s Growth Hub,  Bedford Borough Council, The Department for International Trade and Grant Thornton to bring local businesses a series of Brexit readiness events throughout October 2019.  The interactive seminars enabled delegates to speak to local business experts to get support through interactive ‘Question and Answer’ sessions.  The series of events were held in Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes and Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Brexit HR Risk Audit | HR Solutions | Employment Law

Brexit HR Risk Audit (FREE)

As part of our service HR Solutions offer you the free, online Brexit Risk and Compliance Audit which will take about 15 minutes to complete.  One of our HR Consultants will then review your answers and provide you with a bespoke report for your organisation.   The report will include signposting you to what additional action you might need to consider taking to be confident of meeting your legal requirements as an employer.

Request Brexit Risk Audit

UK Employment Shortage Occupation List | HR Solutions

UK Shortage of Occupation List Expanded

The Tier 2 shortage of occupation list is a list of occupations recognised by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) as being in national shortage, which they assess would be sensible to fill, in part, through non-EEA migration. The list now includes jobs such as web designers, architects and veterinarians.

UK Shortage Occupation List

Countries in European Union | Brexit | HR Solutions

Countries in the EU and EEA

As a reminder, here is a list of countries that belong to the EU and the EEA.

  • EU:  Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
  • EEA: All of the above countries, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
  • Switzerland: Does not belong to the EU or EEA but is part of single market so Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.

Data Protection | Brexit | HR Solutions

Data Protection

In addition to the checklist below, get further guidance via HR Solutions’ data protection guidance article as well as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

  • The UK is committed to maintaining the standards of the GDPR and the govt plans to incorporate it into UK law alongside the DPA 2018 after Brexit.
  • The UK govt has confirmed that when the UK exits the EU, transfers from the UK to the EEA will not be restricted.  There will be transitional provisions for a UK adequacy decision to cover these transfers.
  • The UK govt intends to recognise existing EU adequacy decisions, approved EU SCCs and BCRs wherever possible post Brexit
  • Transfers from the EEA to the UK will need to comply with GDPR transfer restrictions.
  • Consider if restricted transfers apply to you.

Travelling and Driving in Europe Checklist | HR Solutions

Travelling and Driving in Europe

In addition to the checklist below, for further guidance visit www.gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit

  • Different countries may have their own requirements for those traveling on business. Some may require a specific visa.
  • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, then you should have at least 6 months left on your passport to travel to most countries in Europe, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. It should also be fewer than 10 years old. For more information visit www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
  • The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may not be valid after Brexit. You should make sure your travel insurance covers your healthcare needs.
  • View further travelling and driving checklist items and more information about driving on company busines, heavy goods vehicles, phone tarrifs, drivers license, passport and other necessary documents.

Working in Europe | Brexit | HR Solutions

Working in Europe

In addition to the checklist below, for further information visit www.gov.uk/working-abroad

  • Check the country that the employee is working in as to the rules that apply
  • Check the Insurance you have for the employee
  • Mobile phone tariff; check with your phone operator to find out about any roaming charges after 31 October 2019
  • Check rules set by the country for sending personal data (as set by member state)

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