Menopause in the Workplace


2 mins

Posted on 11 Jun 2021

Menopause in the Workplace

"Sex, Myths and the Menopause” - Davina McCall’s Channel 4 documentary, has led to a marked increase in enquiries from clients about what they can do practically to support employees going through the menopause. Partner, Tina Wisener and Senior Associate, Rose Smith look at this in detail and answer questions including: 

  • What exactly is menopause and how can it impact employees? 
  • What do line managers need to know and be aware of?
  • What are the legal protections for peri-menopausal and menopausal employees?
  • How do you protect employees affected by a menopausal colleague?
  • Communication and policies - what needs to be included so that your business and employees are suitably protected?
  • Changes to the law - what does the future hold?

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1. Minutes 0 - 1. Introduction

2. Minutes 1 - 2:30. Why is this subject so important?

3. Minutes 2:30 - 5:20. What is the menopause? 

4. Minutes 5:20 - 6:30. What is the perimenopause?

5. Minutes 6:30 - 8:50. Why is the menopause becoming an increasingly important topic for employers to be aware of?

6. Minutes 8:50 - 10:20. Why isn't the menopause talked about?

7. Minutes 10:20 - 13:00. What are the risks to employers for not getting it right?

8. Minutes 13:00 - 15:30. What are the benefits to employers for getting it right?

9. Minutes 15:30 - 19:35. What reasonable adjustments would be required for an employee who is menopausal or perimenopausal?

10. Minutes 19:35 - 25:35. Have potential protections for employees been tested in the tribunal?

11. Minutes 25:35 - 29:00. Are the tribunal keen to protect employees in the tribunal?

12. Minutes 29:00 - 34:30. How do we follow Surrey Police's example and what should employers be doing?

13. Minutes 34.30 - 36:30. Should we just introduce a standard adjustment for women 45 and over?

14. Minutes 36:30 - 39:00. What should a good policy contain?

15. Minutes 39:00 - 48:10. Questions from attendees. 

Key Contacts

Tina Wisener

  • Partner & Head of Reading Office
  • T: +44 (0)118 951 6760
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Rose Smith

  • Senior Associate
  • T: +44 (0)20 7042 7206
  • Email me

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