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Published: 4th November, 2020

As we are all only too well aware, the transition period for the UK leaving the EU ends on 31 December 2020. That means that from that date, the EU rules regarding freedom of movement will no longer apply to EU citizens who wish to come to live and work in the UK. UK employers will need to ensure that they are aware of the changes to the rules which apply when hiring EU citizens and act now to ensure that they are prepared for the UKs new relationship with the EU, which will include:

  1. A new points-based immigration system;
  2. The requirement for all employers who are hiring employees from outside of the UK to be licensed ‘sponsors’ – a process which can take eight weeks; and
  3. Language, salary and job-based standards which must be met when hiring from outside the UK.

Note that these requirements do not apply when hiring Irish citizens, or EU citizens already living and working in the UK who are eligible under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Employers are urged to take action without delay to ensure that they are prepared for these changes. The Government has launched a tool which can be used to check what you need to do in preparation for these changes, which can be found here and there is additional further guidance available here.

If anyone requires further advice on this, or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the employment team.  Call 0113 2384 041


LCF Law | Gemma Sherbourne | Senior Associate | Employment Law | LeedsThis article was written by Gemma Sherbourne. Gemma is a Senior Associate solicitor in our Employment Law department.

Based in our Leeds office Gemma carries out the full range of employment services, including advising on TUPE and restrictive covenants, performance and sickness absence management, redundancy, disciplinary and grievance procedures and other day to day advice.

Gemma conducts her own advocacy in the employment tribunal and regularly provides training for clients on a range of matters.

Find out how Gemma can help you call 0113 2384 041  or email ku.oc1607206846.fcl@1607206846enruo1607206846brehs1607206846g1607206846