The New Withdrawal Agreement was reached on 17th October 2019, and the Political Declaration was published. With this, a flextension date for Britain’s departure from the EU was agreed up until the end of January 2020.
Rights of Workers
The new agreement for withdrawal from the EU discusses the rights of workers and self-employed persons in Chapter 2. It explains that, workers in host states and frontier workers shall continue to enjoy rights such as:
- The right not to be discriminated against on grounds of nationality as regards employment, remuneration and other conditions of work and employment;
- The right to take up and pursue an activity in accordance with the rules applicable to the nationals of the host State or the State of work;
- The right to assistance afforded by the employment offices of the host State or the State of work as offered to own nationals;
- The right to equal treatment in respect of conditions of employment and work, in particular as regards remuneration, dismissal and in case of unemployment, reinstatement or re-employment;
- The right to social and tax advantages;
- Collective rights;
- The rights and benefits accorded to national workers in matters of housing;
- The right for their children to be admitted to the general educational, apprenticeship and vocational training courses under the same conditions as the nationals of the host State or the State of work, if such children are residing in the territory where the worker works.
The New Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration can be read here.
Further Brexit and HR Guidance
Visit our Brexit Business Preparation website page for more suggestions on how an organisation as a whole may identify the potential impact that Brexit could have on its operation; as well as get practical HR and employment legislation guidance on how businesses can get ready for Brexit.