What will Brexit mean for the social security rights of UK nationals currently working in other EU states, and of nationals of the remaining 27 member states now in the UK? Will these cross-channel workers benefit, for example, from state pension contributions they made in the UK and vice versa if they return to their countries of origin?
These are questions that HR and payroll teams are likely to be asked more and more often as the UK’s departure from the EU, though still not certain, approaches. Like much else surrounding Brexit, the answers are still shrouded in uncertainty. But no business can afford to wait and see what Brexit finally looks like before starting to prepare for it.
“You need to plan for all contingencies, including the possibility that the imminent loss of social security entitlements leads to multiple resignations,” says Elke Brees Senior Consultant, International Employment, SD Worx. “If that happens and you have plans in place to improve retention or attract talent from new sources, for instance, you’ll be able to maintain business continuity.”