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HOPS calls for clarity over immigration policy

HOPS calls for clarity over immigration policy

News that the SAWS pilot has been extended for a further 12 months, allowing recruitment of up to 10,000 non-EU workers in 2020, has left confusion for farmers about labour provision in 2021. Following the government’s announcements about a new points-based...

Supporting employees with EU Settlement Scheme

Supporting employees with EU Settlement Scheme

HOPS has compiled a checklist to help farmers support staff in applying for pre-settled and settled status to help with labour requirements in 2021. After 31 December 2020, EU workers will need this status in order to work in the UK and to stay in the country longer...

EU Settlement Scheme benefits

EU Settlement Scheme benefits

Farmers are being encouraged to promote the benefits of applying to the EU Settlement Scheme to their seasonal workers before the deadline approaches.  After 31 December 2020, EU workers will need pre-settled or settled status to be able to remain in the UK...

New Defra Secretary of State

A new Defra Secretary of State has been appointed following a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The new position will be held by George Eustice MP – the former Farming Minister – and a former member of a Young Farmers' Club. The change in the leading...

Support wellbeing of seasonal workers

Support wellbeing of seasonal workers

Ensuring the wellbeing of seasonal workers is the responsibility of employers and providing poor conditions can be a trigger for mental health problems. Seasonal working, modern day slavery and labour exploitation is an ongoing concern in the agricultural industry....

Are you compliant?

Are you compliant?

At the start of the new year, it’s a good time to ensure your business has sorted its compliance and is ready for seasonal teams in 2020.  It’s important that growers check they have key documents ready and up to date – such as contracts, insurance and employment...

Farm Payments Bill introduced for 2020

Farm Payments Bill introduced for 2020

New legislation has been introduced that ensures farmers will continue to receive Direct Payments in 2020. The Government introduced the new bill at the start of the year and it is hoped this will provide stability for farmers ahead of future reforms. The Direct...