Technical note published on workplace rights if there's a "no deal" Brexit


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The Department for Exiting the European Union has published a technical note, 'Workplace rights if there's no Brexit deal'.

This essentially informs "businesses, workers and citizens of the UK's plans to continue workplace protections in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place".

In a "no deal" scenario, there will be implications in relation to European Works Councils (EWCs) and the insolvency of some employers. The government commits to ensuring "the enforcement framework, rights and protections for employees in the UK EWCs continue to be available, as far as possible in a "no deal" scenario". As far as employer insolvency is concerned, this will impact on UK and EU employees working outside the UK in an EU country for a UK employer. In some situations the employee may still be protected under the national guarantee fund established in that country, but this may not always be the case. However, the note finishes with a positive slant, stating that the Department expects to negotiate a successful deal with the EU.

This article is taken from HR Law - September 2018.

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