Brexit has already happened but the free movement rules are still in place until the end of the year
EEA nationals have always been considered settled as per immigration rules. My advice is to encourage them to get a pre-settled or settled status under the EU settlement scheme if they do not have PR. In my opinion
if the free movement ends at the end of the year, there rules will be amended and EEA citizens who are hired afterwards
will not be viewed settled anymore.
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