We’ve just written to HR with a series of questions on issues potentially affecting staff arising from the vote to leave the EU.
The full email is below – if you have any questions or worries please contact Catherine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The recent referendum result has provoked a great deal of concern among staff, especially those who are EU citizens.
We have compiled an initial list of questions for the University (see below). If you could answer these where possible, or let us know who to address them to, that would be much appreciated.
- Will UoL HR have the appropriate resource (staffing and financial) in place to deal with all the extra work in checking statuses, dealing with queries, and applying for work permits if and when necessary? Will the UoL be prepared to apply for work permits if it becomes necessary for professional services staff?
- Given the number of staff affected, will the UoL be able to support staff applying for residency or citizenship? That support could be financial or in terms of negotiating generous timescales so that no individual currently employed is disadvantaged. NB: applying for citizenship is very expensive.
- How will the change in residence status affect the employment status of permanent staff? I.e. Would they lose the permanent employment status they started with if they don’t have the correct residence documents?
- Will European Union citizens need to provide “leave to remain” evidence to continue working at the UoL, over and above their EU passport? If so, what evidence precisely would be required?
- How will the UoL treat EU staff who have been in the UK for less than 5 years and do not yet qualify for residency?
- Will the UoL be able to issue proof of employment, including contracts for those staff who do not have them, to all EU staff – especially those who wish to apply for residency or citizenship?
- Could guidance be issued to all recruiting managers as soon as possible to instruct them that there must be no discrimination against EU citizens applying for a job?
- Will EU citizens (continue to) qualify for a state pension? Will there be any requirements additional to those that apply for British subjects? Will USS provision begin to discriminate between those who are and those who are not EU citizens in any way? Could guidance be issued asap on both SAUL/USS and state pension rights and any implications for EU citizens?
- What will the consequences of Brexit be for UoL employees from EU countries working indirectly via a contractor?
- Will the UoL be providing any reassurance to the employees of its outsourced facilities companies or making any provision in their outsourced arrangements?
- Could the UoL lobby for the longest possible period of notice before any changes are implemented?
- Can UoL HR collate information on reliable sources of information for their EU staff?
Many thanks in advance for your assistance with this.
Secretary, University of London IWGB