Many businesses are facing the prospect of having to navigate the Home Office EU Settlement Scheme. This toolkit lays out how businesses can go about doing this.
The Home Office has issued employers with a toolkit to help employees navigate the EU Settlement Scheme, which will seek to reduce the impact of Brexit on EU nationals currently residing in the UK.
Whilst it is not the responsibility of employers to make workers from the EU aware of the changes, the toolkit is provided to help businesses prepare for a smooth transition, and to enable them answer any questions that may arise from their workforce during the Brexit process.
"Whilst it is not the responsibility of employers to make workers from the EU aware of the changes, the toolkit is provided to help businesses prepare for a smooth transition".
As part of the EU Settlement Scheme:
- EU nationals will have until 30th June 2021 to register for settlement – which will secure a continuation of full UK rights for EU citizens. Those eligible will have lived in the UK for five or more years before 31st December 2020. Applications will cost £65 (with £35 for children under 16).
- If an EU national has been resident in the UK for less than five years by the 2020 deadline they will be able to register as ‘pre-settled’, a status which can be converted to settled after the five year period has passed.
- Current ‘Right to Work’ checks will continue until the end of 2020, so there will be no change to the rights of EU citizens until this time. From 2021, those who have registered as settled will be entitled to the same access to healthcare, education, pensions etc. as they are today.
Employers may wish to receive email updates regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK.