Last week the Home Office launched an official ‘employer toolkit’ online aimed at helping HR teams support their EU staff, which we are happy to share with our clients and contacts as a useful resource. Foot Anstey are members of the CBI and are work closely with them on a number of initiatives at a local level.
The 'employer toolkit'
Its purpose is to arm employers with practical information on how EU citizens will be able to apply for ‘settled status’. This is so HR teams are better equipped to answer potential questions and directly help their EU employees over the next few years.
The toolkit contains the following materials:
- Introduction pack – aimed at the person taking lead on this issue within your organisation
- Briefing pack – key information on the EU Settlement Scheme that can be shared with you wider HR team, leadership team, line managers and EU staff directly
- Leaflets – brief and colourful materials aimed at raising awareness amongst EU staff. These could potentially be printed and sent directly to staff home addresses
- Posters – providing key information and timelines. These could potentially be printed and placed in communal areas, such as canteens, in the workplace
- Video – 1 minute explanation of the EU settlement scheme
Over the summer the CBI is planning to produce additional guidance on employee relations of handling this process. This is likely to be published late summer/early autumn. We will share this information with our contacts in due course.
The CBI policy update also included the following information:
'A key issue for members is what happens to EU citizens in the UK in the event of ‘no deal’. Employers are understandably reluctant to share this information if there is a chance it becomes void in such a scenario, however unlikely. Whilst not yet official government policy or in law, at the launch event... the Home Secretary was keen to stress to employers “deal or no deal they [EU citizens] will be able to stay”.'
If you have any questions about these issues then please get in touch with Karen Bates, Partner at Foot Anstey.