Acas publishes guidance on the menopause at work


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Acas has published guidance, 'Menopause at work', which suggests ways in which employers can help workers experiencing the menopause. 

These include undertaking health and safety checks taking menopausal symptoms into account; developing a policy and training managers in how to manage women experiencing the menopause; giving a worker the opportunity to talk about their symptoms to someone other than their manager; carefully managing sickness absence or a dip in job performance and considering introducing a menopause or wellbeing champion in the workplace.

Other recommendations contained in the guidance include creating an open and trusted culture within the team; making changes where possible such as altering working hours and implementing low-cost environmental changes such as providing desk fans.  Employers should also ensure that they are aware of employment laws that can related to menopause issues at work, such as the risks of sex, disability or age discrimination.

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