In most cases there will be no changes to workplace rights from 1 January 2021.

However, there will be some changes to rules on:

  • employer insolvency for UK employees working in the EU
  • membership of European Works Councils

However, for a 'no deal' scenario, employees working in an EU country should confirm whether they will still be protected under the national guarantee fund established in that country, by making themselves aware of the relevant implementing legislation in the EU country in which they work.

UK businesses with European Works Councils, and trade unions that are parties to European Works Council agreements, may also need to review those agreements in the event of a 'no deal' scenario as in that case there would no longer be reciprocal arrangements between the UK and the EU.

If you believe you may be impacted by these changes, you can contact the relevant embassy, high commission or consulate for further information about the rules in particular EU Member States. 

Workplace rights from 1 January 2021

Find a British embassy, high commision or consulate here