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Brexit – impact on the rights of EU citizens in the UK

The results of the EU referendum have undoubtedly left many EU citizens confused as to what the future holds for them and their families in the UK. While things may change in the long-term, it is important to remember that the current EU legal framework will continue to apply until the exit negotiation process is concluded and Britain formally reaches an agreement with the European Union on its position, something which is expected to take a minimum of two and a half years, so as to possibly be effective from 1 January 2019.

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Brexit and Immigration

What is going to happen with immigration following the Brexit decision? In order to reach a Brexit deal on movement of people, it is likely the UK will have to enter into negotiations with the EU as a whole. It will probably be unable to treat French or German nationals more favourably in terms of UK immigration rights than those from other EU countries like Romania and Bulgaria. 

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Changes to company registers – Register of People with Significant Control

From 6 April 2016, the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 requires companies to maintain a register of people with significant control over the company. 

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Background checks – what an employer can and cannot do

Employers are experiencing more and more requests from their clients to ensure they have carried out certain types of background checks on their workforce.

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New EU Online Dispute Resolution platform 

From 15 February 2016, the EU Online Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) platform will come into operation for businesses and consumers. It is intended to allow consumers and traders to settle online disputes without the need to go to the time and trouble of court proceedings.

All EU businesses that sell goods or services online to EU consumers must provide a link on their websites to the EU ODR platform.

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