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Workplace Menopause Policy – Avoid Discrimination and Support Employees

Last updated May 21 2024 | Employment Law

by Rebecca McLean

by Rebecca McLean

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Although menopause is commonly associated with women’s health, the menopause can also affect non-binary people and trans-men.

Menopause and employment law

As previously mentioned, there is no specific law surrounding menopause in the workplace, but employers can still face legal repercussions under the Equality Act 2010 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Menopause and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is in place so that employers uphold a working environment that ensures their employee’s health, safety, and welfare. A key part of this outlines how employers should make reasonable adjustments for their employees, especially where there is sickness and disability.

As an employer, you’re responsible for the safety of your staff, and to reduce risks, you must carry out risk assessments. A risk assessment will help you identify whether the workplace will negatively impact someone with menopausal symptoms. From there, you can make reasonable adjustments, reduce risks and help employees manage their symptoms.

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