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Brexit series #6 – are your employment contracts Brexit-ready?

Posted on: February 1st, 2021 by Ginny Hallam

Employment contracts haven’t escaped the need to be ‘Brexit-ready’. Here is what you need to include or update within your contracts:

Right to work – ensure the employee warrants that they have the right to work in the UK.

Changes to immigration status – include an obligation for employees to tell you if their immigration status changes. Failure to do so will mean the individual has breached their contract giving you greater rights to decide how to approach their employment.

Ending employment without notice – make it clear that you have the right to dismiss without notice if employees lose their right to work in the UK. You have a duty to prevent illegal working so including such provision can help you to react quickly with minimal cost. Always take advice from us before dismissing an employee on this basis.

If your employment contracts are in need of review or updating, our drafting expertise will ensure they’re compliant, commercial and contemporary in tone. Get in touch for our support.


This update is accurate on the date it was sent (02 February 2021), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.