Message from the Council Leader and Chief Executive
Brexit – our commitment to the Highland Council workforce
As you will be aware, in March 2017 the UK Government started the process of leaving the European Union (EU). Negotiations between the two parties are ongoing and we recognise that this could be an uncertain and unsettling time for many of you who will be affected by the outcome.
We are writing to reassure our EU national employees that you are equally valued and appreciated members of our 10,000 strong workforce. As your employer, we are wholeheartedly committed to providing support to each and every one of you as the situation develops.
We would like to reassure all employees, that at this time, there is no obligation to take action and that, until the UK leaves the EU, European Economic Area nationals can still work freely in the UK.
Home Office guidance, however, has been clear that all EU nationals living in the UK will have to obtain status in UK law; this is likely to involve a new process that will start in the second half of this year to enable application for settled status.
In order to allow us to provide support and advice to employees, we will shortly be asking all staff to complete an online survey to help us target support and guidance for affected employees.
We believe it is very important that we do all we can to help our employees during this period of change and to help you feel supported to continue living and working in the Highlands. We will also continue to work with Trade Unions to ensure that collectively, we are providing all possible support.
We are working closely with our partners and both the Scottish and UK Governments to understand the specific implications arising from Brexit which may have an impact on the Highlands and will keep you updated on developments.