EHRC Launch Menopause in the Workplace Guidance

April 8, 2024
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A new set of guidelines published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is intended to help employers understand their legal obligations in regard to supporting employees with menopausal symptoms.


The guidance follows research by the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development, which found that 67% of working women between 40 and 60 who were experiencing menopausal symptoms said that the symptoms were having a negative impact on them at work. The EHRC also highlights that generally, companies make very few changes to help such employees, and those suffering symptoms tend not to request adjustments out of concern about potential reactions.


The EHRC explains that under the Equality Act 2010, there could be a requirement for employers to make reasonable adjustments for those with menopausal symptoms if those symptoms affect their work lives to the point where it could be considered a disability. It also states that women experiencing menopause symptoms may also be protected from discrimination and harassment on the grounds of age and sex. Additionally, the EHRC points out that employers should assess risks and make workplace adjustments to prevent discrimination.


To support the guidance, the EHRC has also produced a set of three videos. The first focuses on legal requirements under the Equality Act 2010. The second explains what adjustments can be made in the workplace to help those with menopausal symptoms. This includes managing ventilation and temperature to help those suffering from hot flushes and being flexible with work times when symptoms are at their worst. The final video explains the importance of creating an environment where employees feel comfortable talking about their symptoms and asking for adjustments without judgement.


The full guidance and three videos can be found on the EHRC website.


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