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Patch Law

Station Road Workshops
Station Road
Kingswood
Bristol
BS15 4PJ

Patch Law is a law firm authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Am I safe at work ….. from coronavirus and from redundancy?

I promise this is not yet another piece aiming to answer all the questions about what happens next at work.  There are plenty of these already flooding the media and internet.  I think there are just too many variables, too many questions to try to answer these questions so that they are relevant to all.

You may be concerned about risk assessments and safety, furlough pay, redundancy, juggling work and childcare or all 4 plus several more.

Now that there is some progress towards getting businesses moving again, are you in the best position you can be to deal with what might be the next steps, whether as employer or employee?

Get yourself in the best position you can to face challenges ahead

As much help as the government funded support packages, particularly furlough pay, are to some, there are inevitably going to be many businesses that falter, and will need to shed staff to survive.

What are my rights in a redundancy situation?

For employees, make sure you’ve got at home a copy of your contract of employment, appraisals for the last couple of years and your pay and benefits information.  If you’re faced with being placed at risk of redundancy, for example, you’ll be able to check whether the payments offered are right, and whether selection scoring appears fair.  For more about your redundancy rights have a look at this page.

We can use this information when advising you of your options, particularly if you’re offered additional compensation in exchange for signing a settlement agreement.

We are also experienced in helping employers manage redundancies fairly and compliantly in a way that achieves the business needs, while minimising the risks of multiple unfair dismissal or discrimination claims to defend.  We offer bespoke advice to suit your business, but also have a whole range of documents including an up-to-date Redundancy Policy, model letters, meeting guidance, selection matrices etc, which mean that we can guide you through the process but keep your legal costs to a minimum.

Is my workplace safe?

No workplace is entirely risk free.  But what degree of risk is OK will depend on your perspective.  In legal circles there is a lot of anticipation of many valid health and safety unfair dismissal or ‘detriment’ claims, neither of which require the usual 2 years’ service.  But an Employment Tribunal award in 2021 is not going to deal with the immediate problems or replace lost income.

Whether you’re an employer trying to get your business back on its feet, or an employee worried about catching the virus in the workplace, the key is going to be communication in these uncharted waters.

Before making any rash decisions, get prepared, keep a paper trail …… and you know where to come for expert, realistic, objective and cost effective advice.

Get in touch

If you need help with an employment law issue then please don't hesitate to contact us. An initial enquiry is free and without obligation.

Call us on 0117 290 0905 or fill out the form below and we will contact you within 24 hours.

When your form is submitted you will receive an automatic email from Patch Law confirming receipt.

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Some of our Google reviews

review rating 5  Brilliant, brilliant service. Gillian genuinely cared about the outcome, and was in regular contact to make sure things were going OK. She took great care to explain legal documentation to me in a way that made it easy to understand, and identified areas where I could get a better deal. Being made redundant is never going to be the nicest experience, but having Gillian on hand gave me confidence and made it much easier to deal with, demonstrably improving the final result. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Patch Law to anyone in a similar situation.

thumb Martin Pim-Keirle
6/29/2019

review rating 5  I would highly recommend Gillian to anyone in need of employment advice. She offers a highly professional as well as caring service, listening sensitively to understand a person's individual circumstances and offering experienced and well-considered advice. She manages the process through very attentively which leaves you feeling that you are in very good hands. Her fees are very competitive and represent very good value for money.

thumb Helen England
10/23/2019

review rating 5  Fantastic service from Gillian who advised and acted very quickly with a short timescale to deliver. Friendly approachable firm and I felt they had my best interests at heart. Would highly recommend.

thumb Ryan Barnett
7/16/2019

Am I safe at work ….. from coronavirus and from redundancy?

I promise this is not yet another piece aiming to answer all the questions about what happens next at work.  There are plenty of these already flooding the media and internet.  I think there are just too many variables, too many questions to try to answer these questions so that they are relevant to all.

You may be concerned about risk assessments and safety, furlough pay, redundancy, juggling work and childcare or all 4 plus several more.

Now that there is some progress towards getting businesses moving again, are you in the best position you can be to deal with what might be the next steps, whether as employer or employee?

Get yourself in the best position you can to face challenges ahead

As much help as the government funded support packages, particularly furlough pay, are to some, there are inevitably going to be many businesses that falter, and will need to shed staff to survive.

What are my rights in a redundancy situation?

For employees, make sure you’ve got at home a copy of your contract of employment, appraisals for the last couple of years and your pay and benefits information.  If you’re faced with being placed at risk of redundancy, for example, you’ll be able to check whether the payments offered are right, and whether selection scoring appears fair.  For more about your redundancy rights have a look at this page.

We can use this information when advising you of your options, particularly if you’re offered additional compensation in exchange for signing a settlement agreement.

We are also experienced in helping employers manage redundancies fairly and compliantly in a way that achieves the business needs, while minimising the risks of multiple unfair dismissal or discrimination claims to defend.  We offer bespoke advice to suit your business, but also have a whole range of documents including an up-to-date Redundancy Policy, model letters, meeting guidance, selection matrices etc, which mean that we can guide you through the process but keep your legal costs to a minimum.

Is my workplace safe?

No workplace is entirely risk free.  But what degree of risk is OK will depend on your perspective.  In legal circles there is a lot of anticipation of many valid health and safety unfair dismissal or ‘detriment’ claims, neither of which require the usual 2 years’ service.  But an Employment Tribunal award in 2021 is not going to deal with the immediate problems or replace lost income.

Whether you’re an employer trying to get your business back on its feet, or an employee worried about catching the virus in the workplace, the key is going to be communication in these uncharted waters.

Before making any rash decisions, get prepared, keep a paper trail …… and you know where to come for expert, realistic, objective and cost effective advice.

Some of our Google reviews

review rating 5  Fantastic service from Gillian who advised and acted very quickly with a short timescale to deliver. Friendly approachable firm and I felt they had my best interests at heart. Would highly recommend.

thumb Ryan Barnett
7/16/2019

review rating 5  Very easy to deal with, efficient in returning calls and emails. Were very professional and helped me to understand the implications of the settlement agreement I was signing in plain English.

thumb Pete Wonnacott
11/14/2019

review rating 5  Brilliant, brilliant service. Gillian genuinely cared about the outcome, and was in regular contact to make sure things were going OK. She took great care to explain legal documentation to me in a way that made it easy to understand, and identified areas where I could get a better deal. Being made redundant is never going to be the nicest experience, but having Gillian on hand gave me confidence and made it much easier to deal with, demonstrably improving the final result. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Patch Law to anyone in a similar situation.

thumb Martin Pim-Keirle
6/29/2019


Three Best Rated website logo
We are recognised by the recommendation website Three Best Rated as one of the top three employment law firms in Bristol.