Legal Obligations and Menopause – New Employer Guidance


New guidance aimed at helping employers to understand their legal obligations relating to employees who are going through the menopause has been published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

The resource also provides details on the support employers should be providing to affected employees.

The EHRC sets out that if menopause symptoms have a long-term and substantial impact on a woman’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities, they could be considered a disability, meaning an employer would be under a legal obligation to make reasonable adjustments. They would also be under a legal obligation not to directly or indirectly discriminate because of the disability or subject the woman to discrimination arising from the disability.

The guidance, which includes a number of instructive videos, can be accessed on the EHRC’s website.

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