What is Menopause?
Menopause is the time during a woman’s life when menstruation periods permanently stop. It is defined as occurring when the individual has experienced no periods for 12 consecutive months and no other biological or psychological cause can be identified.
Also referred to as ‘the change of life’, the menopause can cause a chain reaction of physical and psychological side effects to a woman’s body. As a company, you have a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all of our employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. In addition, the Equality Act 2010 outlines that individuals must not be discriminated against due to any form of disability and we recognise that the symptoms of the menopause may constitute a disability.
A program from the BBC discusses ‘The Truth about the Menopause‘ with Mariella Frostrup who shares her own personal experience of the menopause and brings this great taboo out into the open
Is your company committed to ensuring appropriate support and assistance is provided to any employee who is going through the menopause?
Has your company got a Menopause Policy in place?
We provide a range of Policies and Procedures for businesses and the purpose of this policy is to assist with creating an open and honest workplace where line managers and employees can discuss any issues associated with the menopause, and to ensure the necessary support is known and offered to employees when needed.
Contact us now, if you wish to discuss Policies and Procedures in general for your business or the Menopause Policy and the day on Monday 18th October 2021.
For further information, you can download the first chapter of a book titled ‘Menopause:Mind the Gap’ by Pat Duckworth which sets out the stats and business case for supporting employees at menopause