Labor and Employment

Our labor and employment team works with clients on all employment and benefits issues, both domestic and cross-border – whether assisting clients to develop global HR policies, dealing with the cross-border aspects of corporate transactions, assisting in the smooth management of restructurings, or handling complex disputes and litigation. We work closely with human resources and in house legal teams to foster effective management of all aspects of the employment relationship and related individual and collective employment issues. Learn more.

Read Employment and Immigration Rules After a No-Deal Brexit.

Workforce planning following the referendum focused on political decisions around the outcome of any UK-EU approach to immigration and the uncertainty around the eventual economic and legal impact of Brexit on employers’ hiring policies. 

The extent to which there might subsequently be employment law reform will depend in part on the nature of the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU – for example, membership of the EEA would require the retention of much of the EU-derived employment and discrimination legislation currently in place, including the transfer of undertakings legislation. Wider employment law reform, if possible, would depend on the political appetite for the further winding-back of employment law. 

Imminent Brexit issues to consider 

  • Are you considering relocating any of your staff outside the UK?
  • Do you need to change roles / responsibilities / reporting lines in the UK or outside the UK?
  • Are you considering downsizing?
  • If you establish a new entity outside the UK, will you transfer local staff to that new entity?
  • Short stays: (up to 90 days in a 180-day period) UK travelers to the Schengen area will need passports with at least 6 months validity. 
  • Longer stays: should Parliament not legislate to bring the proposed "settled status" regime into effect before 29 March 2019, the UK government has indicated that it is not the government's intention to remove existing statuses from any EU nationals currently resident under EU law. The Commission has called upon Member States to take similar measures for UK nationals.
  • Professional Qualifications: qualifications recognized before Brexit would not be affected, but there would be no system of reciprocal recognition for new applicants and recognition will depend on host state national policies. 
  • Sponsorships: to help prepare, businesses may also want to seek advice on the sponsorship of employees, should that become necessary in light of the proposed UK-EU deal. 

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