Going through the menopause at work can be challenging, and it can sometimes make it difficult to carry out your job as normal. Some menopausal symptoms may include memory loss, insomnia and hot flushes, which can affect job performance.
Although menopause isn’t classed as a disability, and there isn’t any menopause discrimination legislation currently, it does not mean that you aren’t protected.
Menopause support in the workplace
It’s important to for employers to make sure any employees going through the menopause are supported in the workplace. While having a Menopause Policy isn’t a legal requirement, many employers will have put together a policy to make sure their employees feel supported and acknowledged in this regard. The policy might outline reasonable adjustments, which could include:
- Allowing regular breaks for employees struggling with menopause symptoms;
- Enabling flexible working arrangements;
- Acknowledging the need for time off work and medical appointments;
- Providing a “champion” within the business for menopausal employees to go to if they need support;
- Making sure employees are not wrongfully, unfairly or constructively dismissed because of the menopause;
- Providing desk fans for employees who are experiencing hot flushes as part of the menopause.
ACAS menopause at work help
According to ACAS, “employers should make sure they have steps, procedures and support in place to help staff affected by the menopause.” It is expected that employers will know how menopause relates to the law, aligning with both the Equality Act 2010 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.