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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

5 star review  Positive: Professionalism ,  Quality ,  Responsiveness ,  Value I don't even know where to begin. I feel very lucky to have stumbled across Patch Law. Sonia has been incredibly supportive at helping me through a really tricky time. I 'hear hear' to all of the five star reviews and feedback that has been left below. Thank you

thumb Joanna Sheward
October 25, 2021

5 star review  Very pleased with the service I received with patch law - Alex and Gillian are brilliant make you feel like you are going to get through your troubles

thumb Kayleigh Buck
July 1, 2021

5 star review  Excellent Practice who worked extremely well on my behalf to negotiate and achieve a satisfactory resolution. Provided regular updates and briefings/guidance on my case to enable informed decisions to be made. Very proactive in chasing responses.

thumb David Foreman
May 1, 2021

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

5 star review  Highly recommended! Professional, friendly and operate in a timely manner. I have enjoyed working with the team at Patch Law.

thumb stuart hancock
August 1, 2021

5 star review  Positive: Professionalism ,  Quality ,  Responsiveness ,  Value

thumb Molly Cocking
June 1, 2021

5 star review  Following a problem a work, I had cause to use the services of Patch Law and Gillian Patch. Gillian and her team listened, advised and acted on my behalf in what I can only describe as an exemplary manner. I was treated in a personal way and everything that was happening was explained including potential outcomes, so I was very clear as to the process the whole time. Thank you so much. I have no hesitation in recommending Patch Law.

thumb Neil Johnson
June 1, 2021


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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.