19 Aug 2016
You may be feeling unclear about how the referendum vote for Britain to leave the EU affects the recruitment and current employment of workers from EU countries. Here are some of your questions answered:
What does Brexit mean for workers from other EU countries?
The referendum result changes nothing right now, as Britain remains in the EU until the Brexit deal has been negotiated by the UK government. This could be more than two years away. Workers from other EU countries have the same rights as they had before the result.
Can I continue to employ workers from other EU countries?
Yes. It is still unlawful to treat EU workers any differently from workers born in the UK.
Workers who believe they have been discriminated against for reasons of nationality or national origin can still make a claim under the Equality Act 2010.
Can I still recruit workers who are from the EU?
Yes. Again, it is still unlawful to discriminate against or in favour of workers from other EU countries.
Job applicants who believe they have been unfairly turned down for a job due to their nationality or national origin can still make a claim.
Are there any additional documents required if I employ workers from the EU?
No. All workers must continue to provide the same identity and 'right to work' checks, whether an EU or British worker. .
You can be sent to jail for up to 5 years and receive an unlimited fine if you know or should have known that you employed someone who doesn’t have the right to work in the UK. Contact a member of the Viking Hospitality team if you have any questions about what documentation is required for ‘Right to Work.’
What will happen once Britain does exit the EU?
Longer term, the rights of workers from the EU will depend on the Brexit deal negotiated. The deal is likely to include detailed provisions about the future status of workers from the EU.
If you have any questions about the referendum result affects the recruitment and employment of EU workers get in touch with one of the Viking Hospitality team today:
Telephone: +44 (0)333 011 0489