MacRoberts has considerable experience in advising organisations on and implementing family friendly policies.
There has been a drive recently to promote a more effective work/life balance. A DTI study identified that 6 out of 8 employees would rather reduce their working hours than win the lottery, yet a third of employers have still to wake up to their responsibilities, making this area of employment law a hot issue.
Family friendly employment rights include maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, parental leave, as well as the important area of flexible working. Frequently the spectre of sex discrimination is also to be found lurking in the background to catch out the unwary employer.
This area of the law is influenced heavily by the European dimension and with a European commitment to improve the interface between work life and family life, it is likely to evolve dramatically over the next few years.
It is absolutely crucial, therefore, that managers have a complete understanding of an employer’s obligations regarding the family friendly provisions. It is also absolutely crucial for your organisation that any applications for family friendly leave are dealt with seriously and consistently.
The employment lawyers within MacRoberts who deliver family friendly employment training have considerable experience in advising organisations and in advising upon and implementing family friendly policies ensuring their consistent application, as well as representing both employers and employees before Employment Tribunals when disputes arise in this area.
The family friendly training is delivered in an interactive and entertaining way with the aid of role play and case studies, as well as mock hearings such as Employment Tribunals, disciplinary and investigatory hearings.
In 2016, we were one of the first law firms in Scotland to become accredited Living Wage employers.
Shortlisted for Firm of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2022.
Winners of Corporate & Commercial Team of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2020.
Our Real Estate team won the Property Team of the Year Award at the British Legal Awards in 2018.
Winner of SME of the Year at the Scottish SME Awards 2017, hosted by Scottish Business Insider.
Highly Commended for Commercial Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016.
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We are active members of the PRIME Programme – an organisation that focuses on ensuring a career in law is open to talent from all economic and social backgrounds.
MacRoberts supports the Scottish Business Pledge, a values-led partnership between Government and business that is based on boosting productivity and competitiveness through fairness, equality and sustainable employment.
We are supporters of the Partnership for Change, a network of organisations and individuals who share a common ambition to improve diversity on boards and in senior leadership.
We are a member of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI), a UK-based not-for-profit organisation which helps employers build and maintain diverse teams and inclusive cultures through our membership, training, and consultancy services.
In 2022, MacRoberts was awarded enei's Silver TIDEMark. TIDE is enei's self-assessment evaluation and benchmarking tool which measures an organisation's overall approach and progress on diversity and inclusion.
MacRoberts is a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to disability equality across our firm.
MacRoberts fully supports flexible working practices and supports family-friendly working practices.
In 2022, MacRoberts received a Bronze Award in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index for our commitment to LGBTQI+ inclusivity in the workplace.
MacRoberts is a longstanding member of Scotland Food & Drink, the leading trade association for Scotland's food and drink industry.
MacRoberts is an Associate Member of SELECT, Scotland's largest construction trade association.