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Immigration law - what do the changes mean for employers?

Glyn Lloyd, an employment lawyer specialising in immigration law at Morgan Cole, has outlined what changes to immigration law may mean for employers, of which directors, boards and HR departments should all be aware.

Writing for HR Magazine, he said the changes implemented at the start of this month were designed to simplify the rules and regulations governing immigration and employment.

The list of jobs for non-EEA workers now include the Standard Occupational Classification codes recently updated by the Office for National Statistics. The Codes of Practice for individual roles across various sectors are now outlined far more simply than before.

For example, the ability of immigrants to identify Tier 2 roles - by looking at skill and salary information - is far easier. A Tier 2 category role is for a foreign national offered a skilled job which cannot be carried out by a settled worker.

Criteria have also been relaxed in terms of how an employer can advertise a position before offering it to a non-EEA candidate. In the past, authorities had dictated how and by what media such jobs could be advertised.

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