PART ONE | BREXIT
When we wrote our January 2019 Hot Topic article titled ‘Looking forward to the Year Ahead’, we were anticipating the UK's exit from the EU being set for 29 March 2019. Well here we are 12 months later, and the uncertainty continues as we await confirmation if it will go ahead at the end of this January 2020 and what form it will take. The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 is currently being referred to a Committee of the Whole House so we await the outcome of that in the coming days.
As it stands therefore, our current guidance on Brexit and being prepared remains the same!
With forward planning, HR practices can support a business with managing the uncertainty. If you haven’t already, perhaps you would like to take our Brexit Risk Audit which will highlight any areas you need to focus on.
The White Paper, 'The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union' proposes that there will be no changes to employment rights on the day the UK exits the EU and that any future developments will at least maintain the current standards and be non-regressive. However, in the event of a 'no-deal', employer insolvency arrangements and European Works Councils will be impacted upon.
Data Protection and GDPR
As it stands, we also need to be mindful of the impact that Brexit has in relation to Data Protection and GDPR.
If we leave the EU without a deal, most of the data protection rules affecting small to medium-sized businesses and organisations will stay the same.
The UK is committed to maintaining the high standards of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the government plans to incorporate it into UK law after Brexit.
If you are a UK business or organisation that already complies with the GDPR and has no contacts or customers in the EEA, you do not need to do much more to prepare for data protection compliance after Brexit.
If you are a UK business or organisation that receives personal data from contacts in the EEA, you need to take extra steps to ensure that the data can continue to flow after Brexit.
If you are a UK business or organisation with an office, branch or other established presence in the EEA, or if you have customers in the EEA, you will need to comply with both UK and EU data protection regulations after Brexit. You may need to designate a representative in the EEA.
If you haven’t already done so, then we encourage you to review the ICO Guidance in relation to preparing for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
EU settlement status scheme ...
To continue reading part one and to access part two of the article, please click on the attachment below