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A new guide has been published by ACAS to help employers support staff affected by the menopause at work.
It’s estimated that around two million women suffer difficulties at work during the menopause which can leave them feeling ill, losing confidence and lead to anxiety and depression. The new guide includes tips for workers on how to raise any concerns and good practice guidance for employers to help manage menopause at work. Among its top tips are:
- Create and implement a menopause policy
- Provide awareness training for managers to deal with any concerns in a sensitive way
- Create an open and trusted culture within the team
- Make changes where possible such as altering working hours
- Implement low-cost environmental changes such as providing desk fans
- Awareness of employment laws that can relate to menopause issues at work such as the risks of sex, disability or age discrimination
Our consulting barrister, Kevin Charles, has written for HR Magazine commenting on the Labour Party’s proposals for greater legislative protections for menopausal women in the workplace.