UK Bosses Concerned About Foreign Workers

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30 Jun 2016

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  • Croner sees sharp increase in calls to its helplines
National Human Resources and Health & Safety Consultancy, Croner, has seen a sharp increase in calls to its Employment Advisory Service from concerned bosses who employ foreign workers. They are worried about the potential impact of the UK leaving the European Union on their business and how current working practices may change leaving them with a shortage of staff. Bosses are also apprehensive about any new legislation which may leave their current workers ineligible for the right to work in a UK business. Other concerns centre on the issuing of Visas and pre-employment checks for migrant workers, which have had a significant impact on time and money in recent years for UK businesses. Alan Price, CEO of Croner, says: “Following the outcome of Thursday’s referendum, Croner has seen a significant rise in calls from concerned business owners about the impact this result will have on their workforce, particularly those who employ large numbers of migrant workers, such as the agricultural, care and service industries. “They are currently feeling very vulnerable, not only from a workforce planning perspective, but the impact this will have from an administrative point of view. There are already significant costs involved with using migrant workers and penalties for those who do not adhere to current regulations. “At this point our advice to employers would be to ensure that all the relevant documentation they have for any migrant workers they have in employment is current and meets the requirements of the Immigration Act 2016. If employers are in any doubt, they should seek expert guidance.” Alan has recently been interviewed by the BBC World Service on the subject of Brexit and foreign workers and the impact it is having on UK employers who use this vital resource. Concerns centre around Visas and the ability to hire and use these workers in the future and a move to a points-based system. If you employ migrant workers and are concerned about the impact on your workforce, Croner has a team of dedicated HR consultants and legal professionals that will be happy to assist throughout this period of uncertainty.

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