Before worrying about padding, "class" is NOT an HTML element. You must use a span, for example:
Then you can try to fix the padding issue and apply what Beverleyh says.
<span style="background-color: #FF7B00; color: #FFFFFF; padding: 0px 8px 0px 8px; font-size: 10px; font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">URGENT</span>
You're using very old HTML. "Font" is no longer an HTML element. You should re-design your site from the ground up with modern standards.
Web accessibility and standards consultant
Originally Posted by qwikad.com