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Menopause and menstruation (periods)

Zeba Sayed Editor's message: The impact of gender-specific health issues on the workforce has been in the spotlight over the last few years.

More employers seem open to implementing menopause policies and offering support. Whether to introduce a menstruation policy is a question that employers may be considering following reports in the press that Spain could be introducing menstrual leave. This is extra time off work for those experiencing severe period pain.

There are no immediate plans for the UK Government to legislate on menstrual leave. This is also no legal requirement for an employer to have a menopause or menstruation policy.

However, having a menopause and menstruation policy in place sends a strong message that you take gender-specific health issues seriously. It shows that you value your employees and that you are invested in their health and wellbeing.

Ultimately, a happy and healthy workforce is a more productive workforce.

Zeba Sayed, Employment law editor

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  • Type:
    Policies and documents

    Menstruation (period) policy

    A model policy to set out the rights of staff affected by menstrual symptoms and explain the support available to them.

  • Date:
    20 July 2022
    Type:
    Law reports

    Menstruation: Failure to provide sanitary waste disposal bin in staff toilet was sex discrimination

    In Reilly v RT Management Bridgeton Ltd, an employment tribunal held that a line manager's failure to address an employee's request to have a sanitary waste disposal bin placed in the staff toilet because she was "the only female of menstruating age who used the toilet" constituted sex discrimination.

  • Date:
    12 July 2022
    Type:
    Podcasts and webinars

    Podcast: Creating a menopause inclusive workplace

    Bev Thorogood, menopause specialist trainer and coach, joins us to discuss how you can create and cultivate a workplace that is supportive of people experiencing the menopause transition.

  • Type:
    Line manager briefings

    Supporting employees through the menopause

    A line manager briefing looking at the impact of the menopause at work, and providing practical guidance on what line managers can do to support employees experiencing the menopause transition. It provides "Talking points" for training sessions.

  • Type:
    Line manager briefings

    Quiz: Supporting employees through the menopause

    A quiz for line managers to test their knowledge on supporting employees through the menopause.

  • Type:
    Policies and documents

    Tailored adjustments plan for menopausal symptoms

    A model tailored adjustments plan for an employee experiencing menopausal symptoms.

  • Date:
    4 May 2022
    Type:
    Commentary and insights

    Brain fog: The menopause symptom impacting women at work

    A recent TV special highlighting the challenges of menopause showed the difficulties faced by many women around "brain fog" at work. Kathy Abernethy looks at how employers can support female employees to thrive through education and awareness.

  • Date:
    2 December 2021
    Type:
    News

    Menopause-related employment tribunal claims on the rise

    The number of tribunal cases in which employees are alleging menopause-related discrimination is on the rise, prompting a law firm to call for more awareness and support for staff experiencing it.

  • Date:
    18 February 2020
    Type:
    Podcasts and webinars

    Podcast: Supporting employees experiencing the menopause

    Helen Rice-Burchall outlines the steps employers can take to support employees experiencing symptoms of the menopause.

  • Type:
    How to

    How to support employees experiencing the menopause

    Practical guidance on supporting employees experiencing the menopause, including how symptoms can affect employees at work, managing absence and performance issues and ensuring that working conditions do not exacerbate menopausal symptoms.

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HR and legal information and guidance relating to menopause and menstruation (period).