Summer Newsletter 2018



Employment Law Update – Settled Status

On 21st June 2018 the Home Secretary announced the intention of an EU Settlement scheme.

The UK government reached an agreement with the European Union (EU) on citizens’ rights, ahead of the UK leaving the EU on 29th March 2019. Details of the settlement scheme are still subject to approval by Parliament and some questions are still to be answered. Below are some key points you need to know as an employer.

In short,  it is going to mean that EU Citizens can apply for ‘Settled Status’ and ‘Pre Settled Status’

‘Settled Status’ – EU citizens and family in the UK by 31st December 2020 and continuously resident for 5 years can stay indefinitely by obtaining ‘settled status’

 ‘Pre Settled Status’ – EU Citizens living in the UK by 31st December 2020 but resident for less than 5 years can apply for 5 years’ ‘pre-settled status’. They will have at least until 30 June 2021 to apply for this status.

All applicants will need to:-

  • They need to prove their identity
  • Undergo criminal and security checks
  • Show residence in the UK by 31 December 2020

Subject to this, your employee will get either settled status or pre settled status depending on how long they have had continuous residence in the UK.

It is worth mentioning that your employee doesn’t have to of had continued employment for the last 5 years which is a change to previous statements.

The below chart shows the EU Settlement Scheme dates (from the .gov website);

Getting status under the scheme means your employee can continue to live and work in the UK as they do now. It will mean they will continue to be eligible for:

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions, according to the same rules as now
  • British citizenship, if they meet the requirements

For more information and for the application process please see our full blog on our website

Diversity and inclusion – in SME’s really matters

Fairness at work is key – people matter, and organisations must ensure their people management approaches do not put any group at a disadvantage. Regardless identity or background, everyone deserves the chance to develop their career to its full potential.


“Diversity is about recognising difference, but not actively leveraging it to drive organisational success. It’s acknowledging the benefit of having a range of perspectives in decision-making and the workforce being representative of the organisation’s customers”.

“Inclusion is where difference is seen as a benefit, and where perspectives and differences are shared, leading to better decisions. An inclusive working environment is one in which everyone feels valued, that their contribution matters and they are able to perform to their full potential, no matter their background, identity or circumstances. An inclusive workplace enables a diverse range of people to work together effectively”.

At Agile, we can work with you to identify areas in your business that may contain barriers to equality and make practical recommendations to create an inclusive culture which embraces difference. For example, do you have a written policy, do employees understand your company stance, do you discuss it at recruitment?

Employee Engagement Surveys

“ Employers want engaged employees because, as well as being happier, healthier and more fulfilled, they deliver improved business performance” CIPD

At Agile, we help our clients develop programmes that combine the key elements that result in enhanced Employee Engagement;

Our Employee Engagement Survey assesses all the key components of successful Engagement and gives you an invaluable sense check of areas of strength and areas to develop.

The survey is completed online so provides the employee with anonymity and provides you with charts to show results.

With the results we can then work with you to really create motion in your business to use the engaged energy to create a positive impact for your business.

If you would like to know more about how we can assist with developing the people section of your business please contact us; 07990 537522

Your Agile HR Consulting Team

Jenny, Clair, Lynne, Helen & Gemma


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