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Brexit and HR issues

The UK Brexit transition period ended on 31 December 2020. New rules apply from 1 January 2021. This page brings together guidance and news from ICAEW, as well as externally-produced resources providing practical information on hiring, talent retention, business travel and your workforce.

Need to know

Latest news and insights

Solving the UK’s productivity puzzle

28 August: Since 2009, the UK has struggled with a slowdown in the progress of productivity. ICAEW Insights examines the causes of this ‘productivity puzzle’ and looks at how the government could tackle this in its COVID-19 rebuilding programme.

Guides and FAQs

EU law and business: Brexit implications

Much Brexit guidance is concerned mainly with trade in goods, but there are a variety of other areas of EU law that also affect business. Our Know-how guides gives you a framework to understand these implications. It will be particularly relevant for services businesses seeking to assess how they are impacted.

Webinars

Brexit: what we know: Labour and personnel webinar

This webinar with CIPD and Edwin Coe discusses the personnel and immigration issues that businesses and employees might face through the end of the transition period. Hear from two experts on these issues, and use the opportunity to ask questions on this important subject.

External resources

Regulated professions database

Search by profession, country of qualification and country where you wish to practice. The database gives information on regulated professions such as competent authorities, reserved activities and restrictions.

Acas: Brexit and employment law

Guidance from Acas on changes to employments rights after the UK's withdrawal from the EU, including advice on hiring workers from the EU.

Keep your business moving: Video explainers on new rules for doing business with EU

Suite of on-demand short videos from UK government for businesses on importing, exporting, rules of origin, tariffs, providing services to EU markets, Northern Ireland, data handling, hiring staff, and selling goods. Sector-specific videos also cover chemicals regulations, IP, emissions, waste, and Horizon funding.

Employers’ legal guide to post-Brexit immigration

Practical guide from the CIPD on navigating the UK's new points-based immigration system. This step-by-step guide is aimed at HR and employers who are retaining or recruiting non-UK citizens.