How to support employees who are undergoing gender reassignment
Author: Hilary Slater
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- Take into account that gender reassignment is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 and that individuals who have undergone gender reassignment may apply for a gender recognition certificate.
- Be aware of the data protection obligations relating to information about gender reassignment under the General Data Protection Regulation.
- Appoint a contact person to manage the process of transition from the organisation's perspective.
- Ensure that the contact person and the employee agree a written action plan to manage the transition.
- Make sure that time off because of gender reassignment is treated no less favourably than absence because of sickness.
- Discuss with the employee what information should be provided to colleagues and clients about their transition and when this should be provided.
- Consider whether or not any issues arise from the organisation's dress code or single-sex facilities.
- Draw up a list of records and systems that must be amended.
- Do not disclose information about an employee's gender reassignment without their consent.
- Be aware of the implications of gender reassignment on insurance and pensions.