New ACAS guidance on menopause
This once taboo topic has been high profile lately. Half of the population will go through the menopause and yet it has historically been off limits as a discussion topic.
Menopause is more relevant now than ever with older workers expected to stay in work for longer. ACAS have produced some practical guidance on handling menopause in the workplace.
The guidance goes through what menopause is and the potentially debilitating symptoms it can produce for women. It suggests potential adjustments, from providing desk fans and extra rest breaks to being flexible about start and finish times.
Handling menopause symptoms carefully is essential rather than good practice. Menopause symptoms have been accepted as a disability in tribunal proceedings. Handling things badly could also result in age and sex discrimination claims. Managing the menopause effectively will help you retain your best talent and reduce recruitment costs.
We recommend introducing a Menopause policy to raise awareness of the menopause and the impact of the menopause in the workplace, and to encourage open conversations between managers and staff.. Read the guidance here: https://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=6752