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Brexit and HR Forward Planning

Posted: 23/05/19 by HR Solutions

Brexit and HR Forward Planning

With forward planning, HR practices can help support a business with managing the challenges of uncertain times. No one can fully understand what will happen with Brexit, either way, and we don’t pretend to. However, in the short term, what we do know is that we are already starting to see the face of HR and employment law being re-shaped by Brexit.

Times of instability can impact on the value of the pound and coupled with concerns about trade, many organisations are worried about supply and cash flow in the short term. Sadly, this uncertainty can result in shortages of work, the ability to keep figures in the black and even to continue to pay staff.

Brexit and Employment Law

Some parts of UK employment law, such as holiday entitlement, comes from the EU and so this may be subject to change long term. In the short term, for example, the end of free movement will force employers to reconsider the right to work of employees and what documents to check, which will impact every employer.

Brexit and Recruitment

As employment levels are at a record high, the talent pool of available candidates is low and shrinking as a significant number of EU nationals are reporting their reluctance to continue working in the UK. This is posing serious questions about how organisations will source quality candidates. Retention of high calibre employees is also an issue, as competition between employers increases, the salary and benefits an employee can demand is also going to increase.

No Deal Brexit and Data Protection

How will a no deal Brexit affect data protection? Guidance has been released which provides clarity on the extent to which processing personal data will continue to be governed by the EU GDPR. This guidance clarifies that the UK would be able to continue to send information to countries belonging to the EU. However, arrangements would need to be put in place to allow for organisations outside of the UK to continue to be able to send personal data to the UK. It is anticipated that the UK would receive an ‘adequacy decision’ from the European Commission, which would allow for continued free flow of data. However, such a decision cannot be taken until the UK becomes a ‘third country’.

Further HR Guidance

• Free Brexit Webinar - Watch on Demand: for further guidance, you can watch the ‘Brexit and the HR Year Ahead’ webinar recording presented by HR Solutions. The webinar also provides a quick run through of key legal changes going on in 2019 to help you plan your HR diary. Watch the webinar recording at

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