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Menopause and the Workplace: government response
How to enable fulfilling working lives

This week, the government has published a policy paper in response to Menopause and employment: How to enable fulfilling working lives report.

What did the Report recommend?

The Report made 10 recommendations suggesting action (1) by the government; (2) by employers; and (3) in relation to societal and financial issues. The key items of interest for employers are recommendations:

  • for the government to amend the Equality Act to allow intersectional, multiple discrimination claims;
  • for employers to lead a collaborative and government-backed campaign covering a range of issues including the importance of open conversations about the menopause in the workplace, training of line managers, workplace adjustments, flexible working and support groups;
  • for larger employers to put in place workplace awareness, training and support via Employee Assistance Programmes.

The policy paper provided the following recommendations for employers:

We are still awaiting the outcome of the Women and Equalities Committee’s inquiry on Menopause and the workplace. This is also likely to make a number of important recommendations affecting employers so we will keep an eye out on those and share them when they have been published. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with ViewHR for an initial discussion.