Brexit – client information on labour law changes and restrictions


The withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the EU results in far-reaching changes and restrictions under employment law for business trips or long-term work deployment periods spent by UK citizens in Germany and German citizens in the UK. As of 1 January 2021, UK citizens are no longer treated as EU citizens but as third-country citizens.

In other words, free movement of employees between the UK and the rest of Europe no longer applies. Such employees therefore require an appropriate residence and work permit. Employers must ensure that their DEAR CLIENTS, employees are issued with the appropriate documents which entitle them to work in the EU.

This information letter gives an overview of the main changes and explains what must be observed in future when UK employees spend any periods of time working in Germany and German employees spend time working in the UK.

The letter also sets out the special regulations which apply to UK/German citizens who are already working in Germany/the UK on the cut-off date of 31 December 2020.

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