UK: Women’s Health: Menopause and the Workplace
The Menopause Employment Champion has introduced a four-point plan to improve menopause support in the workplace. Initially, the plan will be focused on a few sectors – hospitality, retail, care, manufacturing, and professional and technical sector – and other sectors (including construction and education) will be brought into the programme over the coming months.
The four-point plan includes:
- A portal for employers, which is set up by sector, to share best practice
- A sector-based ally-ship programme for women
- “Menopause-friendly employers” to act as advocates within a sector
- A sector-based communications plan to improve the working lives of women in their sector, through strategic partnerships
The government’s a website, Help to Grow, will have a library of resources and guidance on the menopause for employers and employees.
Key Action Points for Human Resources and In-House Counsel
Further developments on menopause support in the workplace are anticipated following the publication of a Manifesto for Menopause by an all-party Parliamentary group. The Manifesto calls on all political parties to commit to seven reforms ahead of the next General Election, which include the following employment-related reforms:
- Requiring employers with over 250 employees to introduce menopause action plans to support employees
- Providing specific guidance to small businesses, to support employees going through the menopause
- Introducing tax incentives to encourage employers to integrate menopause into occupational health
Labour has previously committed to the first two of these reforms.