Facebook - Shropshire Business Twitter - Shropshire Business LinkedIn - Shropshire Business
https://www.barclays.co.uk/businessbanking https://www.salopleisure.co.uk

Clock is ticking on Brexit status scheme

Shropshire employers must protect their business by ensuring overseas staff can continue working for them no matter what happens over Brexit.

That’s the warning from employment law specialist John Mehtam from Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Telford, Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton, who is urging company bosses to take action as soon as possible.

“The EU Settlement Scheme is now open for applications from European Union, European Economic Area and Swiss nationals, and their non-EU family members living in the UK.

“The Government has introduced the initiative as part of its Brexit negotiations, and anyone whose status matches the criteria will have to apply to the scheme in order to continue living here.”

Mr Mehtam said if there is a Brexit deal, individuals would have until June 30, 2021 to apply – but if there is no deal, the deadline would be brought forward to December 31, 2020.

“If your employee has been a resident in the UK for five continuous years or more, they will be eligible for settled status under the scheme. But if they’ve been a resident for fewer than five continuous years, they will be eligible for pre-settled status that may be converted to settled status at the five-year point.”

Mr Mehtam said employers were under no legal obligation to inform employees of the scheme, and it was each individual member of staff’s responsibility to make their own application.

“But clearly, it’s in an employer’s interests to ensure that relevant staff can continue to work for them going forwards, no matter what happens over Brexit. So it’s important that company bosses act fast if they want to maintain their workforce and ensure their legal status is confirmed.

“Online application is free, and staff will need to prove their identity and their residency statistics in order to complete the process. Don’t let your staff leave it too late – if they play a key role in your business, you need to encourage them to apply in good time to make sure they can stay.”

https://www.pure-telecom.co.uk

Howzat? Solicitors sign sponsorship deal

Law firm backs local Shrewsbury cricket club

26th March 2019

Manufacturing support boost brings new jobs

SMEs receive help to boost performance and increase sales

6th November 2018

Praise for security of cyber systems

Law firm is accredited for good practice

18th January 2019

Funding summit hailed huge success

Event also sees launch of new growth challenge scheme

14th August 2019

£4 million boost generates 2100 jobs

Manufacturing support leads to surge in SME jobs

11th October 2018

Chris joins the Shrewsbury team

New residential conveyancer for law firm

10th September 2019

Search on for new economic champion

Marches Local Enterprise Partnership looks for its next leader

10th July 2019

Employers could face legal action

Workers must be protected against sexual harassment

15th September 2017

New service boost for retirement plans

Equishield launched by Shropshire solicitors

15th June 2017

Lawyers open new office in county town

Martin-Kaye Solicitors launch their latest branch in Shrewsbury

11th October 2018

Shipping boss warns of 'no-deal' Brexit risk

Fears that leaving without a deal will damage businesses

1st February 2019

Key small business finance campaign launched

Aim is to help small businesses get the support they need to grow

12th October 2018

How to avoid a World Cup workplace own goal

Top tips from Shropshire employment law experts

13th June 2018

Free digital workshops launched

Businesses get the chance to boost their online skills

4th January 2019

Credit union joins Barclays scheme

Application is a success

30th July 2018