ACAS: New Guidance on Menopause

Friday 18 October was World Menopause Day. At a time when there are increasing numbers of women not only in the workplace but working longer, and where tolerance and diversity are being actively promoted, it is incumbent upon employers to be understanding and sensitively manage and support those dealing with the symptoms of menopause.

ACAS has therefore published helpful new guidance to assist employers and managers support staff who are affected by menopause symptoms at work. It is not only an important health and wellbeing matter, but it can also help avoid a discrimination claim being brought against your organisation. Providing such guidance (which includes items such as: creating and implementing a menopause policy, providing awareness training for managers, building a culture of openness and trust within a team, and providing low-cost ideas to enhance the work environment such as desk fans or alternative working hours) helps employers and employees deal openly with, and without stigma, what can be a very sensitive and personal subject.

Published: 24 October 2019

Article Sections: Employment Guides

Tags: menopause, ACAS guidance

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