How to prepare for Brexit

On January 15 the UK Parliament voted by an unprecedented majority to reject Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union’s agreement on Brexit. Given the EU’s firm stance that it would not renegotiate the Brexit deal, the current default position is a no-deal Brexit on 29 March 2019. Though moves are being taken by some MPs to circumvent this possibility, alongside calls for an extension of the Article 50 deadline to allow for exploration of other options, a no-deal scenario remains on the table.

Derek Tong, Editorial Manager at the CIPD advised, in his article published on 16 January, that ‘the continuing rights of EU citizens in the UK and vice versa beyond 29 March remain uncertain, though the UK has not retracted its intention to apply its EU Settlement Scheme to EU citizens currently living and working in the UK.’

A  new web portal published by the Government provides clear information and advice for businesses and individuals on what they need to do to prepare for Brexit, including under a no-deal scenario. The portal sets out four clear areas to enable business, individuals, UK nationals in the EU and and EU citizens in the UK.

The Government also has an interactive tool to help ‘prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU’. You can find out (by answering 7 questions) what your business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU, what’s changing in your industry and information on specific rules and regulations

Workforce planning and development now a priority

The CIPD continues to urge employers to take action to make workforce planning and development a priority, to ensure they have the people and skills necessary to deliver on their business objectives.

The CIPD encourages its members and the wider HR profession to review and broaden their recruitment strategies, invest in training — including in line management — and boost workforce flexibility to address potential skills gaps and keep workers incentivised to stay for longer term.

CIPD committment

The CIPD will continue to provide news and updated guidance to support its members and the HR profession and to continue active engagement with law makers and other key stakeholders on the relevant considerations.

Read the original article by Derek Tong for additional information on the post-Brexit immigration policy White Paper, temporary measures for low-skilled workers together with numerous links to related resources.