Amanda Jones.

Partner and Head of Department Employment, Pensions & Immigration, Maclay Murray and Spens LLP

Amanda Jones

Amanda is a specialist in both Employment Law and Discrimination Law by the Law Society of Scotland.

She is a member of the Law Society Equalities Law Reform Committee and Chair of the Scottish Discrimination Law Association. Amanda is a director of Hibernian Football Club and the Hibernian Community Foundation and was previously Chair of Scottish Women's Aid.

How did you become interested in family friendly working?

I originally studied politics at University and was particularly interested in the politics of the home. When studying law I was very interested in discrimination law and employment law. The issue of family friendly working goes to the root of discrimination against women and equal pay issues in the workplace.

I was also interested on a personal basis, how I could advance my career while still having children. My personal experience demonstrates that having a husband who stays at home looking after the children is often a great option, but that parents have to try and work out what is going to work for them and their families.

How does family friendly working and flexibility benefit employers?

It encourages loyalty and efficiency and can reduce sickness absence and attrition rates. It also makes business sense to do what you can to retain staff in whom there has been much investment in training and who have great experience.

What does good work-life balance look like?

A balanced scorecard at home and work!

What three words best describe you?

Enthusiastic, committed and football mad!

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