Call for evidence
Last week the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee launched a new enquiry, looking at menopause in the workplace and whether enough is being done to address the issue of discrimination. This is welcome news given that a 2019 survey conducted by BUPA and the CIPD found that three in five menopausal women were negatively affected at work, and that almost 900,000 women in the UK had left their jobs because of menopausal symptoms.
Menopause is a medical condition which generally affects women between 45 – 60 and there is already legislation to protect people from discrimination based on sex, age and disability under the Equality Act 2010. However, the Government has been urged to create specific laws around workplace menopause policy.
The Committee is investigating how Government policy and workplace practices could better support those experiencing menopause. They are currently calling for evidence from organisations and individuals on the issue, and written submissions can be made up until 17 September 2021.
In the meantime, here are some top tips for employers:
- Put in place a menopause policy to provide more information, explain what support is available and address risk assessments and possible adjustments.
- Tackle stigma by encouraging open conversations and having more information readily available about menopause.
- Consider making reasonable adjustments for women dealing with menopause.
ACAS has issued best practice guidance for employers to and this is a great starting point.
Katie Harris-Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 01284 717442)