How Much Will Brexit Affect Employment Law?

The last year or so, Brexit has been on everyone’s lips. However, there is very little mention of how the event will affect employment law in the UK.

Currently, it’s very unclear what will happen to the employment laws that protect labour movement after Brexit.

If you require advice on how this may impact your employment or business contact DPH Legal. With the report provided by the Migration Advisory Committee, people can understand the immigration policy after Brexit.

It’s expected that the free movement of EU nationals will end after Brexit, although it’s not guaranteed.

However, the MAC report suggests that the current immigration policies in the UK should be extend to cover all the EU immigrants.

However, it should be revised to allow more skilled workers to gain permits to work in the UK. It’s assumed that the cap on the total issued permits would be revised too to include highly and medium skilled workers.

The salary threshold would remain at £30,000 as well as the £1,000 fee for immigration skills. More occupations, at least 142, would benefit from this sponsorship.

Employers wouldn’t be forced to advertise shortages in the occupation roles for at least 28 days before giving the job to a foreign worker, somewhat a relief to most employers.

The agricultural sector is a bit different because they will have their own immigration scheme where they can bring their own workers, especially those of lower skill sets.

A few employers especially in the retail niche are expressing concerns that the recommendations wouldn’t provide any relief for the labour shortages in their industry as well as the health, social, health and hospitality niche without further reforming the system.

No one has an idea what Brexit would actually bring to the table with regards to the employment laws.

There isn’t any certainty that a deal will come through but assuming that something is agreed upon, there should be a transitional period from early 2019 to at least December of the same year where free movement will be allowed for EU nationals.

Meanwhile, the UK and EU will be working out what exactly will happen to labour mobility.

However, it might also go the other way where there will be no transitional period thus bringing an end to free movement.

Therefore, the UK government needs to work on its immigration policies to allow EU migrants to get into the country.

In this case, intra-company transfers within the EU borders would be dictated by the immigration rules of each individual state.

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