Good employers must do the right thing for menopausal women

Staff must be helped to feel comfortable

Commenting on new guidance issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to employers about their legal obligations to women undergoing the menopause, UNISON head of equality Josie Irwin said today (Thursday):

“The emotional and physical changes of the menopause can be overwhelming. As can their effect on women’s ability to do their jobs.

“All good employers must ensure the best possible ​working environment for all their staff.​ Women ​should be able to do their jobs in comfort and not made to feel ashamed or embarrassed.

“A clothing workplace policy that helps stop women from overheating, including suitable uniforms, is a must.

“And flexible working can make a real difference too​. Employers shouldn’t penalise ​​women who have to take time off if it’s down to the menopause.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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