The day is here, and the UK, and Europe, will never be the same again.
Business leaders continent-wide have been scrambling to prepare for the changes, but still, no-one really knows what Brexit means.
Peter Cheese, the CEO of the CIPD, said: “Now, more than ever, we need Government and businesses to put people and skills development at the heart of their thinking.”
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Immigration and employment law: CIPD’s CEO Peter Cheese
“The future of the UK’s immigration system will be one of the most significant and challenging questions to solve in the UK’s exit negotiations.
“CIPD research and official data have already shown a reduced flow of migrant workers from the EU into the UK since the referendum and there’s evidence that many EU workers are considering leaving the UK. It’s essential that the status and rights of EU migrants in the UK is confirmed early in the negotiations to give certainty to those individuals and help employers to retain vital skills as they plan their workforce development strategies for the future.”
“Our employment law is a mix of EU- and UK-based legislation and it would be very complex and time-consuming to unpick for little, if any, real gains. In its current form, we believe UK employment law and the employment rights framework provides an appropriate balance in providing flexibility for employers and security for individuals. Importantly we need to address the issues of employment rights for the growing number of self-employed and contract workers, but these are not directly related to Brexit.”
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