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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  Gillian is a great ambassador for 'what's fair' both legally and morally, within the workplace. She dealt with my situation quickly and efficiently. She clearly knows her stuff! I would highly recommend Patch Law.

thumb William Cryer
August 6, 2020

5 star review  I instructed Gillian Patch of Patch Law who is a Grade A Solicitor during the Pandemic/Lockdown. I always check the SRA website to check how long someone is qualified for before I instruct them to ensure they are regulated. She was made aware of my personal restrictions in leaving my house. Several documents were sent to her and due to her extensive experience she was able to identify the relevant documents. She was also able to respond remotely in a tight timescale and there were no delays in her carrying out my instructions as a Client despite probably being very busy dealing with other Clients. She acted in the best interest of the Client by considering both the financial issues of leaving and the practical issues of leaving but also recognised the difficulties for a Client not being able to see a Solicitor in-person and the trust needed in the Solicitor-Client relationship. Instructions were provided remotely email and telephone and Geography was not a problem in terms of acting in her professional capacity. It was easier to discuss issues over telephone given that when I do go out I am conscious of wearing a face mask and that does create a barrier to communication. During the correspondence she was able to provide an objective opinion on the issues. There is often a saying an individual cannot be their own Doctor, the same is true an individual cannot be their own Lawyer. Your not objective on your own life. Having extensive experience myself with Solicitors I tried to keep the Legal costs to a minimum by responding quickly but also ensuring everything that needed to be covered was covered.

thumb Jessica Winter
July 14, 2020

5 star review  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
August 16, 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

5 star review  I instructed Gillian Patch of Patch Law who is a Grade A Solicitor during the Pandemic/Lockdown. I always check the SRA website to check how long someone is qualified for before I instruct them to ensure they are regulated. She was made aware of my personal restrictions in leaving my house. Several documents were sent to her and due to her extensive experience she was able to identify the relevant documents. She was also able to respond remotely in a tight timescale and there were no delays in her carrying out my instructions as a Client despite probably being very busy dealing with other Clients. She acted in the best interest of the Client by considering both the financial issues of leaving and the practical issues of leaving but also recognised the difficulties for a Client not being able to see a Solicitor in-person and the trust needed in the Solicitor-Client relationship. Instructions were provided remotely email and telephone and Geography was not a problem in terms of acting in her professional capacity. It was easier to discuss issues over telephone given that when I do go out I am conscious of wearing a face mask and that does create a barrier to communication. During the correspondence she was able to provide an objective opinion on the issues. There is often a saying an individual cannot be their own Doctor, the same is true an individual cannot be their own Lawyer. Your not objective on your own life. Having extensive experience myself with Solicitors I tried to keep the Legal costs to a minimum by responding quickly but also ensuring everything that needed to be covered was covered.

thumb Jessica Winter
July 14, 2020

5 star review  The marvellous next day service was greatly appreciated at a very troubling time. Gillian and her team were great.

thumb simon archer
September 30, 2020

5 star review  I used Patch Law to help me with a Schedule of Loss needed for a Tribunal hearing They were very speedy about gathering all the info they needed and I had phone calls to clarify details. I felt supported and reassured and received guidance from Gillian as to where I might gauge any offer made to me by the Respondent. All in all a good experience in what has been a stressful time for me.

thumb Caroline Hobbs
June 8, 2020


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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.