EU Settlement Scheme – 50 days left to apply

On Tuesday 11 May, there will be only 50 days to go until the deadline of 30 June 2021 for applications to be made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

The 50 day milestone is an important opportunity for us to work together to bring the fast-approaching deadline to the attention of your eligible EU employees.

All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, should apply without delay so that they can continue to work, study, and access free healthcare and benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021. 

As an employer it is not your responsibility to make sure your EU employees have applied, but you can play a role by reminding them of the approaching deadline and cascading the information in the employer toolkit available on GOV.UK. 

You will not need to carry out retrospective Right to Work Checks on existing employees after the 30 June 2021 deadline. However, from 1 July, new EU, EEA and Swiss employees that you hire will need to demonstrate their right to work either with the pre-settled or settled status, or with a visa under the points-based immigration system.

Please note, the above communication is a message from CEC HR we are disseminating in order to assist our members. Anyone who has concerns over their status should immediately contact their line manager and/or HR. You may also contact a rep if you wish.

Unite Brexit immigration law helpline

Are you concerned about how Brexit will affect your right to live and work in the UK? Unite now has a Brexit immigration law helpline with free legal advice for all Unite members.

Call now on 0333 323 1291.

The helpline provides members with access to Unite Legal Services’ team of specialist immigration lawyers. Calls are charged at local rates. You will need to provide your

  • membership number
  • employer details, if employed
  • query, in summary
  • contact details.

This service is available to Unite members only. Members must be up-to-date with membership subscriptions and have been a member for at least 4 weeks’ to qualify for this service.

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Watch Frances O’Grady’s lecture ‘A Future after Brexit?…’

Frances O’Grady, the General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), gave the sixth annual Jimmy Reid memorial lecture on Thursday 27 September. 180 attendees filled Glasgow’s City Chambers to hear her lecture: A Future after Brexit? Unions and the Scandinavian model of social democracy. 

You can now watch it below or read the transcript, courtesy of the Jimmy Reid Foundation.