In 2020, we saw 16 tribunal cases relating to menopause discrimination. This figure was just 6 in 2019 and, in the first half of 2021, we have already seen 10 cases. This figure is set to rise as we become more aware of the impact of the menopause and as women become more comfortable discussing it.
Many people still feel it is not taken seriously enough by employers. It’s important that your business gains a better understanding of the menopause and how you might accommodate employees who may be affected.
Why not put in place a menopause policy?
You could cover things such as:
- What is menopause
- What are the symptoms
- Ways you can help
What are some of the ways you can help?
- Temperature controlled work areas
- Easy access to water
- Adapting your dress code
- Free sanitary products
- Noise-cancelling headphones
- Flexible working to help with sleep patterns
- Time out from others when needed
- Buddying up
- Storage for change of clothes
We have a policy already in place, if you’d like a copy, please contact us.
Do you have questions about Menopause?
Give us a call at CUBE HR, we’ll be happy to advise you and we have policies and templates available to meet every HR need.
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