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Modern Families Index: UK parents are working to burnout

The lights are on and a one eyed paper reindeer is looking at me.

It is the 3rd of January. I have a house of sleeping children, a cup of coffee, the radio on (quietly) and I know it’s 8.30am but my Christmas tree lights are ON! I feel a weird sadness when I see the tree with its lights out. All the ‘treasurers’ we have amassed (and are still amassing) over the years are there –handmade by our three children at nursery and school. These wee beauties need lighting up.

I feel ready for 2018, I feel hopeful about what our family will do in the year ahead. I feel energised thinking about the great things I can achieve at work this year.

Work that works for everyone

DWF Employment Lawyer Jennifer Wright on the biggest worries employers have when establishing flexible work, and how they can overcome them.

Bright Lights- 2018 Awards Ceremony

Now in their fourth year, the awards celebrate progressive organisations in Scotland that recognise the benefits of family friendly and flexible working. The 2018 award winners will be announced at the ‘Bright Lights’ event on 22 March in front of an audience of leading business leaders. You can see the official shortlist here.

With exclusive use of the Lighthouse’s 5th floor, you will enjoy a fun and inspiring afternoon networking with some of Scotland’s most progressive employers!

Fair Jobs for Dads!

Fathers Network Scotland today backed calls for a complete overhaul of employment law and a well-paid three-month period of “daddy leave” following the publication of a major UK study into fatherhood.

How can flexible work change your life?

A couple of years ago before my wife Sarah went back to work after maternity leave, we started to look at what our options for childcare were. We had young children and where we live in Edinburgh there is a lack of childcare services. We were both going to be working full time so the most realistic option for us was to try an Au Pair.

In the Spring of 2016 we put an advert on relevant websites and were overcome with applications from highly qualified individuals mainly from Europe. After a few interviews via Skype we asked Elvira, a amazing individual from Spain, to be our first Au Pair. A couple of months later she joined our family and stayed with us for 12 months.