menopause and work

Menopause and work.

Global HR Lawyers lus Laboris have produced this excellent guide for Employers about the menopause and work.

It starts:

Women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing group in the workforce. As more employees go through the menopause during their working lives, employers need to be aware of the impact in the workplace. This article explains the practical and legal issues associated with the menopause and offers guidance on what employers can do to ensure they are managing this issue sensitively

The guide looks at the practical and legal issues involved (potentially sex, age and disability discrimination), health and safety and what Employers can do.

Their suggestions for what Employers can do in regard to menopause and work, are grouped into the following areas:

  • Training
  • Positive messaging and information
  • Multiple channels for support
  • Clear sickness procedures
  • Flexibility
  • Menopause policy.

In regards to Health and Safety they advise:

Health and safety

Risk assessments should consider the specific needs of menopausal workers and ensure the working environment will not make their symptoms worse. Issues that need consideration include temperature and ventilation. The assessments should also address welfare issues, such as toilet facilities and access to cold drinking water.

The TUC have advice on the menopause, which you can see here. As do Acas, which you can see here.

If you need any assistance in this area you can contact The HR Kiosk, we’re of that certain age ourselves!menopause and work