The Government has published new promotional material for employers to support EU citizens and their families. The ‘EU Settlement Scheme: employer toolkit’ is meant to provide comprehensive information for those employing EU citizens.

All employers should know that the current ‘right to work’ checks apply until the end of 2020. With regards to EU workers, there will be no change to their rights and status until 2021.

Employers are not expected to advise their EU employees on the application process and they are not expected to assist with applications. It is always best to contact an immigration advisor. But it is important that all employers, HR and line managers stay informed about the EU Settlement Scheme, Government deadlines and application process.

It is also very important to know what rights close family members have, and to distinguish them from ‘extended family members’.

The implementation period will start on the EU exit date of 29 March 2019 and will complete on 31 December 2020. During this period UK and EU businesses, employers and public services will be expected to put the new arrangements in place as required by the Government.

The Government confirms that the rights of EU citizens will remain unchanged throughout the implementation period. However, from a practical point of view, it is still not clear what the application process will look like once the EU Settlement Scheme starts to operate.