J Rotherham Masonry Staff Prepare Legal Action Against Failed Firm

11th February 2020

More than 70 ex-J Rotherham Masonry employees who lost their jobs when the company went into administration are to take legal action.

Established in 1927 and based in York, the stonemasonry business that produced bespoke kitchen worktops called in administrator KPMG earlier this month to help find a buyer due to concerns about cash flow.

The news left around 200 employees redundant across the company’s head office at Holme-On-Spalding Moor and its manufacturing facility at Market Weighton; with a limited number of back-office and productions team staff retained to support the process and complete existing orders.

Following the announcement, national law firm Simpson Millar says it has since received more than 70 calls from affected J Rotherham employees and has begun investigations to take legal action to secure a Protective Award on their behalf because the company didn’t properly consult staff about the redundancies.

Speaking of the redundancy announcement, one employee – who does not want to be named – said he was on his way to work for a night shift when he received a text from a supervisor to say he had been laid off.

The father of an 18-month old baby said that J Rotherham had been a great company to work for before its demise and that whilst he wished he had been given more notice he has been ‘deeply saddened’ by the news which has left him, and his colleagues, searching for a new role.

Stephen Pinder, a specialist employment law Partner at Simpson Millar, said: “This is, no doubt, an incredibly difficult period for those affected and many will be attempting to understand the news and plan their next steps.

“To date, we have been contacted by 74 former employees who are looking to bring claims for a Protective Award which would be paid out to those affected by redundancies where they have not been properly consulted.”

Pinder explains that a Protective Award is a payment awarded by an Employment Tribunal in cases where an employer fails to follow the correct procedure when making 20 or more redundancies and, where an Employment Tribunal finds in the favour of the employees, they will be able to access the funds via the Government Insolvency Service.

Simpson Millar’s leading employment law team is currently instructed by former employees affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook. Last year, the firm announced that it had secured payments on behalf of 103 ex-Multiyork staff amounting to £300k.

The team is also pursuing claims in relation to Mothercare.

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