We are now all aware that the Prime Minister has announced that she intends to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which starts two years of formal negotiations, before the end of March 2017. This means that the UK is expected to be out of the EU by the summer of 2019.
However it is estimated that there are over 2 million EU nationals working in the UK. Given the amount of uncertainty surrounding impact on them, it is very important for employers to support staff from the EU who will be feeling particularly vulnerable after the Brexit vote.
You can provide a range of support measures to these employees, including providing information on registration and residency rights:
Employers should encourage any EEA (European Economic Area) workers and their families who have been in the UK for at least five years to consider applying for permanent residence. This should ensure that they have the right to remain here in the event that freedom of movement for EEA citizens ceases when the UK leaves the EU.
EEA nationals should be encouraged to seek advice to ensure that they are in the best position to be able to remain here. For example, some individuals must have held comprehensive health insurance in order to qualify for permanent residence.
More information about this can be found at: