TPF Q1 2021 - Flipbook - Page 6
QUARTER 1 2021
IN FOCUS: EMPLOYMENT & RECRUITMENT
Brexit and the
workplace: now what?
with its unequivocal ‘stay or go’ outcomes
the new rules correctly. Otherwise, they
for low-skilled workers.
could potentially be faced with a legal
Well, it’s finally happened: the toing
or terminated employees claiming that
no more. And as we replace one set of
Know what’s what
to avoid confusion
rules with another, what does that mean
Although there’s an onus on the employee
for the workplace and, specifically, its
to ensure that they’re eligible to work in
the UK, employers can also be held liable
A surplus of
for employing someone without the right
Another big question centres on how
Trade deals and tariffs aside, how well
to work. That’s why familiarising yourself
easy it will be to replace staff who no
with the new legislation and carrying out
longer satisfy the new immigration
right to work checks is a must.
criteria. Although employers will need
and froing between the UK and EU is
of the new regulations around non-
minefield of unsuccessful applicants
native workers, and employment and
recruitment in general?
Keeping what you
foreign workers (such as hospitality),
the new immigration rules could well
prove disruptive, and ultimately result in
they’ve been discriminated against.
to recruit from the UK job market (or
Even so, one element on the checklist
continue to employ some EU workers
that might cause potential difficulty is
knowing how to adequately assess a
around how successful they’ll be at
prospective employee’s ability to speak
filling low-skilled worker positions – as
English; without an objective assessment
evidenced last year when thousands of
tool to do so, might there be hesitancy
prospective UK workers turned down
in deciding whether someone’s fluent
fruit and vegetable-picking roles.
enough for the demands of the job?
Hopefully, common sense will prevail
It may well be that the government’s new
and borderline cases won’t be judged
Kickstart scheme will play a role here,
solely on that one criterium.
although time will tell.
status to stay not just in their jobs, but
Falling the wrong side
of employment law
also the country.
As well as employers needing to know
businesses losing some of their best staff.
That’s why it’s crucial to ensure existing
staff from the EEA have already been
granted or at least applied for settled
exactly what’s what with the new
The deadline for this is 30th June 2021.
legislation, they’ll also need to brush up
For non-EEA employees, however, the
on their employment law to feel confident
new points system will apply, together
that they’re interpreting and applying
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One thing is for certain: whichever
way you look at it, 2021 is going to be