EU Settlement Scheme: Helping you support EU staff

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EU Settlement Scheme: Helping you support EU staff

Published 13 November 2018

The facts

The Government has announced that the majority of employees working in the Health and Social Care sector will be able to apply for settled status under the new EU Settlement Scheme pilot between 29 November and 21 December 2018. This is the new status for EU national's post-Brexit that will allow them to continue to live and work in the UK.

The Scheme will not be fully open to workers in other sectors of the economy until March 2019 so there is a brief window of opportunity for EU employees working in health and social care to resolve their immigration status ahead of other EU nationals working in the UK. The scheme will be opened formally to all EU nationals from March 2019 so any health and social care workers not applying in the pilot period will have an opportunity to apply from then.

What does this mean for employers?

In response to questions from our clients in health and social care on how we and you can help support EU nationals working in your organisations, we have developed EU Settlement Scheme Workshops that combines delivery of knowledge to a large group of staff with individual drop-in sessions to address issues that may be personal to employees.

Members of our specialist business immigration team will deliver training on the legal and practical issues surrounding the EU Settlement Scheme; providing you with the training materials used so that you can share them more widely and feed in your own message.

The Workshop is followed by direct support for your EU employees in the form of 1-2-1 drop in clinics. We can draw on the lessons coming out of the pilot of the EU Settlement Scheme and share practical knowledge with your employees on the best next steps for them. Each individual session is limited to 15 minutes in order to maximise the numbers of employees our experts are able to meet on a 1-2-1 basis but our experience suggests that this is long enough to have a valuable discussion with an individual EU employee about their rights and next steps.

The feedback from these sessions has been that EU employees appreciate the tangible support given to them by their employers and have found both the plenary session and the individual discussion to be of immense value and comfort to them.

The Workshops are priced on a fixed basis and cost is dependent on the number of Workshops an organisation would like to undertake. Do contact your usual DAC Beachcroft contact for more information.

Authors

Udara Ranasinghe

Udara Ranasinghe

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6727

Ceri Fuller

Ceri Fuller

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6583

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