Managing Menopause in the Workplace | Paris Smith LLP
Overview With women comprising nearly 50% of the UK’s workforce, and around 3.5 million women aged 50 and over, menopause is an issue
With women comprising nearly 50% of the UK’s workforce, and around 3.5 million women aged 50 and over, menopause is an issue which affects a huge proportion of employees.
Despite increasing awareness of menopause symptoms and the impact of menopause at work, this is still often seen as a subject not to be broached by employers.
Statistics show that many women continue to suffer in silence because they feel uncomfortable discussing their symptoms or are concerned they will not be taken seriously, with only 1/3 feeling supported at work.
Improving menopause care and support has been the subject of much debate and consultation recently and a number of changes are expected on the horizon. In the meantime, a series of cases have looked at the existing protection for women under the Equality Act 2010, which has enabled women to bring successful claims for sex, age and disability discrimination connected to menopause.
For employers, menopause is a health and wellbeing concern which needs to be handled appropriately. Employers need to proactively support women going through menopause, from utilising flexible working and making simple adjustments such as improving temperature control, to educating colleagues and providing sensitive management support.
This training session will take you through the legal obligations owed by employers, including the obligations to ensure employees’ health, safety and welfare at work. We will look at your potential liabilities under the Equality Act 2010 and the recent case law and expected changes on the horizon.
We will also look at the proactive steps you can take now to improve the way you support women going through menopause and create a supportive management culture.
The training will consider key practical issues, such as:
– How can employers increase staff awareness of menopause?
– When are employers required to make reasonable adjustments in connection with menopause symptoms?
– When can employers be liable for inappropriate comments regarding menopause by colleagues?
– What training should employers provide to managers?
– Are employers obliged to consider menopause symptoms in health and safety risk assessments?
– Should employers have a menopause policy?
You will gain a good grounding in the legal obligations owed by employers to employees going through menopause and how to manage key issues to reduce the risk of claims. You will leave knowing how to have conversations with all staff about menopause and with ideas to implement positive changes in your workplace.
Who should attend?
The ideal delegate for this course would be HR professionals and others with HR responsibilities.
About this event
- 2 hours 30 minutes
- Mobile eTicket
(Wednesday) 09:30 - 11:30
Axis Conference Centre
3 Venture Road, Chilworth, SO16 7NP