Work Permit and Registration Requirements to Change for UK Posted Workers Due to Brexit

December 9, 2020 Lucy Halse

Key Points

  • UK national posted workers will be subject to certain work permit and registration requirements during and after the Brexit transition
  • UK national posted workers are not covered through the Withdrawal Agreement
  • Czech Republic, France, and the Netherlands have posted new regulations for UK posted workers
  • Most workers will require work authorization to continue working in 2021
  • Many EU Member States are still creating regulations and application processes for posted workers

Overview

Certain work permit and registration rules will apply to UK national posted workers during and after the Brexit transition.

What are the Changes?

UK national posted workers are not covered through the Withdrawal Agreement. Therefore, they may face different work permit and registration rules than locally hired UK employees.

Who is Affected?

The changes apply to UK national posted workers. Several countries have announced rules for posted workers, and others are expected to follow.

The following countries have announced rules for UK national posted workers:

  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Netherlands

UK national posted workers in the Czech Republic can complete their scheduled postings through December 31, 2020. They will require a work permit starting on January 1, 2021.

In France, UK nationals can complete their initial assignment if their work started before January 1, 2021. Any subsequent extensions will require a visa or work permit.

UK posted workers in the Netherlands may complete their assignments through December 31, 2020 as permitted under the free movement of services. However, they will require standard work authorization to continue working as posted workers in the Netherlands after January 1, 2021.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

UK national posted workers who are currently posted in EU countries through free movement of services will likely need to obtain work authorization to continue work after December 31, 2020.

Looking Ahead

Many EU Member States are still creating regulations and application processes for the Brexit transition. Updates will be provided as they are available.


Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.

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