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Post-Brexit Immigration – Recruitment and Compliance Briefing for Employers

Time: 09:15 - 13:00 BST (if you can't attend live, register to watch the recording)

Cost per attendee: £250 + VAT 

Platform: Zoom - An encrypted zoom platform with password access. Click here for further information and to test access 

Brexit has finally happened, and UK employers, already struggling with the impact of Covid, are now facing a raft of new systems, guidance and changes to the existing immigration and recruitment landscape.  Our recent sell-out series of workshops has highlighted the need for an intensive half-day briefing to give the key overviews, checklists, changes and implications and expert guidance through this potential minefield.

Drawing on over two decades' worth of immigration training and conferences, we are delighted to offer this important update. Our expert speaker panel will examine how UK employers can:

  • benchmark compliance issues and ensure you're meeting the new requirements
  • avoid potentially expensive discrimination claims
  • get to grips with the new system and save time, money and resources
  • maximise your chances of a successful outcome when applying for a sponsor license
  • ensure your business is still able to access a global talent pool
  • learn the key components of planning and implementing a workable recruitment policy for 2021 and beyond
  • who, what, when: formulate an effective and robust communication strategy to ensure no current employees fall through the net
  • hear the range of considerations to budget for to avoid expensive surprises while recruiting
  • understand the way in which the recruitment landscape will evolve and how to ensure you attract and retain the best talent

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Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR and recruitment professionals, administration, training, security, risk, compliance, legal, policy, vetting and screening, operations and all line managers and directors and staff with responsibility for Right to Work checks and non- UK employee recruitment

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Schedule

Chair's welcome

Tom Hadley

Tom Hadley

Business Coach & International Workforce Consultant
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Tom Hadley

Business Coach & International Workforce Consultant , Hadleys Comment

Tom is an independent consultant and business coach specialising in high-impact strategic communication and workforce issues. Over the last twenty years, Tom has worked with global employers, international institutions, government ministers and two of the UK’s leading business organisations. He reaches into this to provide training and consultancy services in areas such employer brand, leadership, reputation management, research-led campaigning, employee engagement, public speaking and media training. Tom is the author of a number of White Papers and research reports on the evolving world of work and is a regular keynote speaker and media spokesperson. Campaigning activities have focused on Covid-19 business support measures, preparing for Brexit, promoting the positive role of business in society and making change happen on equality and inclusion. During his time as Campaigns Director at the REC, Tom also established the Future of Jobs Observatory to pre-empt future skills needs and the implications of AI adoption. His current work with the International Labour Organization (ILO) involves delivering advocacy training to business bodies from around the world and bespoke support in areas such as evidence-based advocacy and crisis management. Over the course of his career, Tom has been a representative on over a dozen government forums and served on the European board of the World Employment Confederation. He has a Masters in International and European Law from Assas University in Paris and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He is a qualified rugby coach and an unrepentant aficionado of 1980s French pop.

A warm welcome on behalf of BFI, some housekeeping, rules of engagement and any updates to the day's programme.

Ice-breaker

Delegates will meet in small groups to introduce themselves and exchange expectations for the day. Bring your coffee, and enjoy the chance to network and meet fellow professionals facing similar challenges. Back in the main conference room, you will share your learning objectives to a communal whiteboard to ensure we meet them during the day as well as addressing any issues that may have arisen since we published the programme in February 2021.

Keynote address: The new recruitment landscape

Tom Hadley

Tom Hadley

Business Coach & International Workforce Consultant
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Tom Hadley

Business Coach & International Workforce Consultant , Hadleys Comment

Tom is an independent consultant and business coach specialising in high-impact strategic communication and workforce issues. Over the last twenty years, Tom has worked with global employers, international institutions, government ministers and two of the UK’s leading business organisations. He reaches into this to provide training and consultancy services in areas such employer brand, leadership, reputation management, research-led campaigning, employee engagement, public speaking and media training. Tom is the author of a number of White Papers and research reports on the evolving world of work and is a regular keynote speaker and media spokesperson. Campaigning activities have focused on Covid-19 business support measures, preparing for Brexit, promoting the positive role of business in society and making change happen on equality and inclusion. During his time as Campaigns Director at the REC, Tom also established the Future of Jobs Observatory to pre-empt future skills needs and the implications of AI adoption. His current work with the International Labour Organization (ILO) involves delivering advocacy training to business bodies from around the world and bespoke support in areas such as evidence-based advocacy and crisis management. Over the course of his career, Tom has been a representative on over a dozen government forums and served on the European board of the World Employment Confederation. He has a Masters in International and European Law from Assas University in Paris and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He is a qualified rugby coach and an unrepentant aficionado of 1980s French pop.

  • What does the latest jobs market data tell us and how are employers responding?
  • How are employers reviewing hiring strategies and what is driving these changes?
  • What are the implications for overseas recruitment and how are businesses adapting to new immigration requirements?
  • What’s next? How can employers act now to pre-empt emerging workforce challenges?

Immigration and recruitment post-Brexit: key changes and updates

Sophie Barrett-Brown

Sophie Barrett-Brown

Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice
Laura Devine Immigration

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Sophie Barrett-Brown

Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice , Laura Devine Immigration

Sophie is Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice at Laura Devine Immigration. She is a band 1 ranked leading expert in UK immigration and nationality law, described as being “the best immigration lawyer in the country” and “a force to be reckoned with in the field”; “she sees the big picture and has a thorough and sound historic knowledge which is needed in a subject matter which is constantly changing”. Sophie’s clients are drawn from all sectors and range from multinational corporations to entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals and families. Sophie has extensive experience in all aspects of UK business immigration and nationality law and EU free movement. She is skilled in all Tiers of the points-based system (PBS), including sponsored migrants, entrepreneur and investor routes as well as discretionary applications. Sophie is also widely regarded for her policy work, regularly participating in policy consultations and working parties, including managing the company’s numerous submissions to the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC), Home Office and the Home Affairs Select Committee, to which she has provided evidence on a number of occasions. Sophie is a prolific speaker and commentator on immigration topics, presenting internationally and commenting in the general media. Commended for her “generosity in sharing her knowledge” for the benefit of the profession and immigration law practice in the UK, she is a Trustee and previous Chair of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (2007-2012), with which she continues to work extensively on various working groups and training. Sophie is currently a member of the Lexis PSL Editorial Consulting Board and The Law Society Brexit Migration Strategic Reference Group.

  • Understanding the new regulations
    • skilled workers
    • ICT
    • salary requirements
    • language requirement
  • Skills categories
  • Other visa categories
  • PBS
  • Costings: what should you budget and plan for?
    • licence
    • immigration skills charge
    • health surcharge
    • visa fees
  • Recruitment: advertising guidelines to ensure you avoid potential discrimination claims
  • New sponsorship requirements and implications

Comfort break

Employer deadline checklist: the practicalities

Ian Westwood

Ian Westwood

Immigration Consultant
The Westwood Organisation

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Ian Westwood

Immigration Consultant , The Westwood Organisation

Ian Westwood worked at the Home Office from 1993-2003. He was an operational Immigration Officer serving at Heathrow, Gatwick and Dover before being promoted to Chief Immigration Officer based in Croydon. Since then he has set up his own consultancy business, providing training and immigration advice to a variety of corporate and private clients on the subject of Immigration. He is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner to provide immigration advice in the UK. Ian’s training credentials include the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s Certificate of Training Practice and the Belbin Team-Role Accreditation.

  • Key dates
  • EUSS applications
  • EU/EEA/Swiss staff members
  • Irish citizens
  • When and how to apply for settled status
  • Changes to eligibility requirements
  • What are the employer responsibilities?
  • Key questions to ask EU staff
  • What evidence do employers/employees need to produce?
  • EU employees entering the UK for work post-Brexit

Scenarios and practical exercises

Working in small groups, delegates will examine specific scenarios on the light of the new regulations to ensure they understand how and when to apply them.

Compliance: the new UKVI requirements

Matthew Lynch

Matthew Lynch

Solicitor & Senior Manager
PwC LLP

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Matthew Lynch

Solicitor & Senior Manager , PwC LLP

Matthew is a Solicitor and Senior Manager with over 16 years of experience in both the corporate and personal immigration sectors. Matthew provides strategic and operational advice to a range of multinational clients, including being responsible for delivery on PwC’s largest volume UK inbound immigration account. Matthew has also taken a managerial role on a number of global engagements and works closely with colleagues across our network. In addition to supporting existing immigration clients, Matthew has played a key role in PwC’s Brexit Taskforce where he has worked with experts from our trade, customs, tax and consultancy departments. He has also spoken regularly at internal and external events across the UK and on an international level, presented to Austrian businesses in Vienna, as well as appearing as a frequent guest speaker at the Netherlands-British Chamber of Commerce. Matthew acts as the lead legal technician for PwC’s “Right to Work App”, working with technology specialists to ensure that the UK’s legal requirements are captured as part of the coding. Matthew supports several Partners and Directors in relation to Government Liaison, proposals and publications - most recently authoring the immigration section of PwC’s UK Hotels Forecast 2020. As well several years of corporate experience, Matthew previously worked in the Asylum and Human Rights sector, regularly presenting complex legal cases in both the First and Upper Tiers of the Immigration & Asylum Tribunal, as well as supporting counsel in a number of successful Judicial Reviews preventing unlawful removal from the UK.

  • Sponsor licenses: key strategies to prepare to manage a rise on sponsored workforces:
    • essential changes to be aware of
    • key questions to ask to understand when and if you need to become a sponsor
    • monitoring
    • reporting
    • compliance
  • Consequences and other hostile environmental controls
  • SMS: updating and maintenance
  • Record keeping
  • RLMT: rules and parameters

Comfort Break

Brexit implications and updates for UK employees travelling to and living in the EU; a checklist

Sophie Maes

Sophie Maes

Partner
Claes Engels

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Sophie Maes

Partner , Claes Engels

Sophie advises national and international clients on various aspects of international employment including business immigration (work permits, single permit, visa and residence of foreign employees), all aspects of individual and collective employment law and social security law. She assists clients with seconding employees to Belgium, structuring simultaneous employment in various countries, starting up activities in Belgium, restructurings and acquisitions. Sophie often works closely with other members of Ius Laboris on transnational projects and queries. Besides, Sophie gives advice on various day-to-day HR issues and general employment law enquiries. Sophie has a particular interest in global mobility and corporate immigration issues, (prohibited) lease of personnel and flexible work arrangements and dismissal law. Sophie often speaks at internal and external seminars in Belgium and abroad and is author of various articles. She is co-author of the book "Tewerkstelling buitenlandse werknemers". Within Ius Laboris she chairs the Global Mobility and Immigration Expert Group. Sophie is recommended in the Who’s Who Legal 2018 edition as follows: “Sophie Maes is a national leader with a superb practice. She is also recognised for her international expertise, with sources commenting, “Sophie is the go-to person on global mobility and immigration issues in the context of employment law in Belgium and beyond.” In 2019, the guide mentions "With an impressive ability on restructuring and dismissals work, the "very knowledgeable" Sophie Maes runs a top-notch practice that sees her garner widespread commendation from peers. "There is no better person" in the field in Belgium", comments one interviewee". In 2020, she comes “highly esteemed for her expertise in dismissal law and HR advisory for clients in Belgium and abroad”. Sophie has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 1998. She graduated from the University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven) in 1997, having studied in Leuven and at the University of Rouen (France). She obtained a special degree in labour law from the University of Brussels (ULB) in 1998. Since 2009 she has been a partner at Claeys & Engels.

  • UK employees travelling to the EU for work: what are the new guidelines? A general update
  • Revisiting and updating your business travel policies: key considerations
  • Key country-specific highlights to be aware of:
    • relevant travel and residency visas and permits
    • entry requirements
    • quotas
    • economic tests
    • fees

Panel discussion and final Q&A

A handpicked panel of immigration and employment experts and practitioners will look at the challenges and opportunities for employers post-Brexit.

Closing remarks and end of briefing

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