The Menopause: A Practical Guide to Employment Law Considerations for HR Professionals

November 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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November 10, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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The menopause, and the impact it can have on people’s professional lives, is an issue that is gaining increased awareness and attracting greater focus.

Women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing demographic in the workforce, and the average age for the menopause transition is 51.  It is estimated that 8 in every 10 people going through the menopause will experience symptoms; with two million over the age of 50 reporting having experienced difficulties at work due to menopausal symptoms and their associated effects.  The symptoms and effects of the menopause vary significantly, but can include:

  • joint stiffness, aches and pains,
  • headaches and migraines,
  • heart palpitations,
  • hot flushes and night sweats,
  • difficulty sleeping,
  • feeling tired and lacking energy,
  • low mood, feeling anxious and experiencing panic attacks, and
  • struggling to concentrate or focus.

Three out of five participants in a recent CIPD study said that menopause was having a negative impact on them at work.  Nearly a third of those surveyed said they had taken sick leave because of their symptoms, but only a quarter felt able to tell their manager the real reason for their absence.  Privacy, embarrassment and having an unsupportive manager were cited as top reasons preventing a more open discussion and reporting of these issues.  Of those who were affected negatively at work, more than half (58%) said they experienced more stress, and nearly two-thirds (65%) said they were less able to concentrate.  Only 32% said they felt supported by their managers.

As more people go through the menopause during their working lives, it is vital that employers take steps to support their employees through this and are aware of their obligations in this regard.  More needs to be done to reduce the stigma associated with the menopause, educate and train managers so that they are able to deal with any issues arising sensitively and appropriately, and encourage open dialogue and understanding on this issue.

This webinar will provide an essential guide to this developing area of employment law, and include:

  • A brief overview of the menopause and its associated symptoms.
  • An outline of the key legal issues.
  • An exploration of recent legal cases in this area, and how the statutory protections relating to sex, age and disability discrimination may apply to employees going through the menopause.
  • Practical steps all employers should consider.
  • The purpose and content of a menopause policy.

This webinar is aimed at HR professionals and managers.

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