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Employment implications

In September 2018, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its report on EEA workers in the UK labour marker, which contained 14 main recommendations. UCEA compiled a succinct briefing paper on those recommendations, summarising the impact they would have on UK HE employers, and rating each with a red/amber/green traffic light system. 

UCEA also published a paper (below) in November to highlight the costs and other implications to the sector of the three recommendations of most concern to HE employers, rated as “red” by UCEA:

Responding to recommendations of most concern to the higher education sector

In October UCEA issued the brieifing paper below:

UCEA Briefing – response to the MAC report 2018      

'No deal' planning

The Government has an information hub for HEIs and ‘No Deal’ preparations. This includes links to the Government sites on Prepare for EU exit and Prepare your business for EU exit.

Universities UK guidance on a 'No deal Brexit' outlines the implications for HEIs and ways to minimise the risks.

Other information

The CIPD has published legal advice to help employers manage and support their workforce through Brexit - Immigration and Brexit: legal guide to managing a migrant workforce (October 2017). A useful website on Brexit  workforce planning considerations has also been published since Article 50 was invoked and specific guidance has been published on Preparing for Brexit Through Workforce Planning (March 2018).

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper setting out the possible employment law implications of Brexit. This provides a helpful summary of what is currently understood, and contains a useful table outlining EU-derived law. 

The CBI has also published its paper on Making a Success of Brexit, based on input from member associations including UCEA.

Consultancy Verditer has published a blog on the pay and reward implications of Brexit.

The Institute of Employment Studies (IES) has launched a "Brexit Observatory". Split into "workforce" and "workplace" issues, the "observatory" aims to highlight data, analysis and informed debate about the employment effects of Brexit. HEIs may find this a useful source of analysis. 

Vitae has issued a statement confirming that it will continue to manage the UK process for the HR Excellence in Research Award as normal.

Eversheds has created a Brexit hub containing insight and analysis of the latest situation including a comprehensive FAQ on the employment implications and monthly bulletins for download (see September 2018 bulletin).
Lawyers Mills & Reeve also have a Brexit resources section of their website. Usefully, this includes the results of their Brexit Barometer survey. In January 2017 they published a summary of the employment law implications of Brexit. 

This page was last updated on 1 February 2019.