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I wonder if this is legal and what one can do about it.Employers
While the Government has suggested that employers do not need to do anything now, to be pro-active we would suggest that the following steps are taken:
Conduct an audit of the current workforce – employers should assess their current workforce to identify how many EU employees (and family members of EU nationals) they currently employ and to ascertain how many of those individuals can meet the current five year residency requirements. The workforce audit should also include checking the immigration status of all members of staff, the length of their service in the UK or abroad and, for EU nationals, the date on which they can apply for documents to certify their permanent residence in the UK. It would also be advisable for employers to ensure that their EU employees can provide evidence to show how long they have currently been living and working in the UK.
EU employees with at least five years residence – employers may wish to encourage those individuals to apply for a permanence residence document. These documents do not in themselves confer any rights but provide evidence that the Government has acknowledged the individual is exercising their right of residence or has acquired permanent residence. However, as confirmed by the Government, a permanent residence document only provides evidence of an EU citizen’s rights under European law and, after the UK leaves the EU, those individuals will still need to apply for a settled status document.
Consult with EU employees – employers should provide reassurance to any EU employees that their rights are protected and to explain the process required to apply for settled status. Put in place a Brexit team – depending on the number of EU employees in the business, employers may wish to put in place a Brexit team to carry out the above steps, to deal with any queries from EU employees regarding their status and to assist with applications when the online application process goes live.