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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.

How can I keep my job safe during the coronavirus crisis?

It’s been a whirlwind hasn’t it!  Keeping ourselves and our families safe is our number 1 priority.  But what about employees needing to know their rights and obligations at work and, for employers, making sure that managers are keeping their businesses afloat while trying to look after staff matters ….. and all the financial consequences?

The announcements have come thick and fast over the last fortnight, and the guidance and emergency legislation which follows has only answered some of the questions.

As specialist employment law solicitors, we have been working round the clock to ensure that we can help all our employer and employee clients with their important and urgent questions. E.g.

  • I’m worried about catching or transmitting the virus.  Do I have to go to work?
  • Do we have to offer / accept furlough leave – the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?
  • What about holiday accrual, and doing other jobs, training or volunteering during this time?

We have already advised many clients on coronavirus issues affecting them at work, including:

  • a group of casual theatre staff sent home immediately;
  • an employee with underlying health conditions who has been made redundant;
  • an employer needing to keep its operation running to serve NHS staff, but with lower but unpredictable demand;
  • an employer wishing to avoid redundancies by using the government job retention scheme but without enough cash reserves to pay staff meanwhile.

Some businesses are super-busy as a result of the Covid-19 emergency.  Others are extremely quiet or even closed for business.  Whichever camp you find yourself in, there are staffing matters to consider and these need to be done carefully (even if very quickly) to make sure you are not creating problems further down the line whether for employee relations or to keep out of the Employment Tribunal.

For pragmatic and reliable decision making, you may need:

  • a robust, legally drafted and tailored Furlough Agreement for affected staff or advice on the implications of signing one;
  • advice on entitlement to sick pay;
  • support with Redundancy decisions, or appeals against them;
  • advice on claims like automatically unfair dismissal (on health and safety grounds), which is likely to be a common one (and doesn’t require 2 years’ service!).

As ever, advice is better taken before rather than after making these big decisions …. especially before you resign or dismiss!

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  I engaged Patch Law upon the recommendation of a friend and am so glad I did! I found Gillian an absolute pleasure to work with; warm and approachable whilst being extremely knowledgeable and strategic in employment matters. Gillian’s advice and support helped me to navigate my way through a difficult situation I faced at work on returning from maternity leave to a very satisfactory end. Gillian is certainly someone you want on your side of the battlefield and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

thumb Jennifer Short
8/16/2019

review rating 5  I engaged Patch Law upon the recommendation of a friend and am so glad I did! I found Gillian an absolute pleasure to work with; warm and approachable whilst being extremely knowledgeable and strategic in employment matters. Gillian’s advice and support helped me to navigate my way through a difficult situation I faced at work on returning from maternity leave to a very satisfactory end. Gillian is certainly someone you want on your side of the battlefield and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

thumb Jennifer Short
8/16/2019

review rating 5  Gillian is professional and knowledgeable whilst being empathetic. She ensured the details that were important to me were addressed and resolved. I would highly recommend the services of Patch Law for employment issues.

thumb Claire Turner
12/05/2019

How can I keep my job safe during the coronavirus crisis?

It’s been a whirlwind hasn’t it!  Keeping ourselves and our families safe is our number 1 priority.  But what about employees needing to know their rights and obligations at work and, for employers, making sure that managers are keeping their businesses afloat while trying to look after staff matters ….. and all the financial consequences?

The announcements have come thick and fast over the last fortnight, and the guidance and emergency legislation which follows has only answered some of the questions.

As specialist employment law solicitors, we have been working round the clock to ensure that we can help all our employer and employee clients with their important and urgent questions. E.g.

  • I’m worried about catching or transmitting the virus.  Do I have to go to work?
  • Do we have to offer / accept furlough leave – the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?
  • What about holiday accrual, and doing other jobs, training or volunteering during this time?

We have already advised many clients on coronavirus issues affecting them at work, including:

  • a group of casual theatre staff sent home immediately;
  • an employee with underlying health conditions who has been made redundant;
  • an employer needing to keep its operation running to serve NHS staff, but with lower but unpredictable demand;
  • an employer wishing to avoid redundancies by using the government job retention scheme but without enough cash reserves to pay staff meanwhile.

Some businesses are super-busy as a result of the Covid-19 emergency.  Others are extremely quiet or even closed for business.  Whichever camp you find yourself in, there are staffing matters to consider and these need to be done carefully (even if very quickly) to make sure you are not creating problems further down the line whether for employee relations or to keep out of the Employment Tribunal.

For pragmatic and reliable decision making, you may need:

  • a robust, legally drafted and tailored Furlough Agreement for affected staff or advice on the implications of signing one;
  • advice on entitlement to sick pay;
  • support with Redundancy decisions, or appeals against them;
  • advice on claims like automatically unfair dismissal (on health and safety grounds), which is likely to be a common one (and doesn’t require 2 years’ service!).

As ever, advice is better taken before rather than after making these big decisions …. especially before you resign or dismiss!

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  Exceptional service throughout. Gillian's expertise, professionalism and personal touch are invaluable. She was so caring and helpful to me during a difficult time, I felt in safe hands. Very happy with the outcome and I can't recommend her highly enough.

thumb Janice Rumming
6/10/2019

review rating 5  I engaged Patch Law upon the recommendation of a friend and am so glad I did! I found Gillian an absolute pleasure to work with; warm and approachable whilst being extremely knowledgeable and strategic in employment matters. Gillian’s advice and support helped me to navigate my way through a difficult situation I faced at work on returning from maternity leave to a very satisfactory end. Gillian is certainly someone you want on your side of the battlefield and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

thumb Jennifer Short
8/16/2019


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