Working in the UK after Brexit

Check you are okay

If your passport is not a United Kingdom or Irish passport then you could lose the right to work here in the UK. That means if you are an EU National, or of other than UK/Irish nationality, you will probably need to have either “Settled” or “Pre-settled” status. This does not happen automatically. You must apply for the status.

There are some exceptions, mainly if you have a valid ‘permanent residence document’ or ‘indefinite leave to remain’ or ‘indefinite leave to enter’ status from the UK government.

You can check your right, and where to find the above documents, for yourself at this website: https://www.gov.uk/staying-uk-eu-citizen

What to do now

Gather your documents together. You will need:

  • a valid passport or national identity card.
  • a digital photo of your face.
  • if you’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you can use any of the following:
  • Proof you have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for at least 6 months in any 12 month period for 5 years in a row. If you’ve not lived here for 5 years in a row you may still be eligible for pre-settled status.

    There are more details here: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/what-youll-need-to-apply

Go to this website https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status and click  Start now  >

The deadline

Applications need to be made before 30 June 2021

Due to the Covid-19 crisis there is a delay in processing applications. The earlier you apply the better. Then if complications should arise, there is time to sort things out in good time. Don’t leave it too late!

Other help

If you encounter difficulties in your application or have any questions, please speak to your RQM.

Other languages

You can find help in other languages at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/settled-status-for-eu-citizens-and-their-families-translations

Covid 19 Update

Wages during site closures

As per the instructions issued by the government, many of our customers sites are having to close down. If you work at a site that has now been closed please email covid-19@laranichols.com stating your name and the name of the site and town that has closed.

During the closure you will be enrolled on the government furlough programme by the company. This means that you will be paid 80% of your wages on the normal dates, with the reduction applied from the date of the closure.

Wages where sites remain open

Where you work at a site that is remaining open you will be paid your normal wage for the hours spent at this site as normal during this time.

Front Line

We are very proud of our staff and your continuing to work at sites that are remaining open.

By providing the cleaning you are helping the safety of all those at the site. Whilst cleaning operatives are often undervalued by society or even go unnoticed we want you to know that we value you highly!!!

Advice

  • Please always use the PPE provided.
  • Remember to use disposable gloves and replace them each day.
  • Do not put these gloves to your face.
  • When at home and receiving deliveries food or otherwise, wear disposable gloves and remove and dispose of external packaging outside. Then disinfect everything coming into the house before you put it in the fridge or cupboards.
  • Follow social distancing protocols shown in the news keeping 2m from people at all times.
  • Wash your hands regularly thoroughly.
  • Do not touch door handles or any other regularly used touch point i.e. microwave doors, phones, kettles without using your disposable gloves or disinfecting the surfaces first.
  • Please eat as healthily as possible to keep up your immunity and remember that alcohol significantly lowers your immunity.
  • Regular exercise is also recommended.

Stock

Please place any stock orders in good time. We are experiencing delays or even difficulty in getting some supplies, please bear this in mind.

Our Office

Many staff are currently having to work from home and so calls are diverted to mobiles, if your call is not answered please leave a message stating your name site and reason for call. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible..

Newsletter

We will shortly be issuing our newsletter, be sure to read it to keep abreast of information

Personal Message from your Managing Director

I would like to thank all our staff for their loyalty and hard work. We hope you will do everything you can to keep safe whilst this virus runs its course. It will undoubtedly affect us all in some way, not least with death of people we know or even loved ones.

We all as individuals have our own beliefs and will gain comfort from where we can. You may or not be aware that I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I would not push my beliefs on anyone but would encourage those who want to gain comfort and understanding of why a god would allow bad things, and also by understanding why, learn that this is temporary and that there is a real hope for the future so read on.

There is a promise of a resurrection of the dead back to life on the earth to be re-united with their loved ones and more. If you want to learn about these things please visit Jw.org At this site you will find online bible studies, articles, videos etc

Everything is free and you can change the language at the top right to your own, there are over 960 languages here.

If you did not want to hear this personal message from me, I apologise to you, but please appreciate some people will want to hear it. Also, I was not born a witness, most of us inherit our faith from our parents. But I have a studied this now for 27-years and I have pulled it apart with a knife and fork and have seen phenomenal proof of it being true and of gods existence and reasons for everything.

If you were seeing people suffering but knew you could help them and comfort them, it would be wrong not to; that’s how I feel about sharing my faith.

If any of my staff ever want to learn about this just email me directly and I would be happy to help or arrange for someone suitable to help.

So, in conclusion, thank you for all your hard work. I hope that you will do all you can to remain safe as this virus intensifies.

I wish you all good health and the strength to endure and look forward to a future time when we can be happy and well.

Mike Nichols
Managing Director

COVID-19 Update

This is an update to our post on 28 February.

Please contact the NHS helpline on 111 for advice if you are concerned about any symptoms.

If you are advised to self-isolate, as of today’s law, you will not be paid. However, it may be that you will pose a risk to colleagues, people who work at your sites and others around you. We would encourage you to follow the Health advice, as this is most important. However, unless the government change the law or provide subsidies to companies, we are sorry to say it is not possible for Lara Nichols to fund such absences.

Sickness pay is currently only available to people diagnosed with COVID-19, but once this is diagnosed payment will be from Day 1.

Whilst there is conflicting advice regarding face masks our advice to all individuals would be to wear N95 masks where possible. Again, however, the company cannot supply these without government support.

We have written to our customers to ask them if they wish to opt in or out of extra services for help to prevent infection. When a site opts in, we will make provision for some extra time at site and for some specific duties to be added to the Duty schedule. These will not increase any risk to yourselves. Extra time will then be paid for.

Please do not accept any requests from clients to change your duties or use of chemicals. Such advice is for your own safety and to prevent clients from passing their financial responsibilities to Lara Nichols.

Please keep up to date with government advice re washing of hands, using disposable tissues, etc and implement such advice.

Because our managers are visiting many sites and meeting many people in different geo-graphics, we are trying to reduce site visits during this time.

Your managers are available on the phone at any time, please understand such actions are for the safety of all our staff.

For current health advice please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How to protect yourself at work

  • Wash hands your hands regularly with soap and water or hand sanitiser gel
  • Wear disposable gloves
  • Do not touch your face when wearing the gloves
  • Wear gloves when entering the building
  • Sanitise entrance/exit door handles so that when leaving you don’t get infected
  • Have a thermometer at home keep an eye on your temperature
  • If you are concerned and have a fever – higher than 37C seek medical advice by dialing 111
  • Do not go to a pharmacy, GP surgery or hospital
  • NHS 111 is the online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
  • As much as possible avoid people with fever or at least be sensible
  • Keep abreast of developments on the news

Use the 111 service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • you’ve been to Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, northern Italy, Iran, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam in the past 14 days
  • you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places. You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.

You can read the most up to date advice about coronavirus at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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