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Menopause is the time during a woman’s life when menstruation periods permanently stop. Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 and typically lasts between four and eight years. The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published a workplace standard to tackle taboos and help employers keep talented people in work. It sets out practical recommendations and is also intended to help companies identify misconceptions about periods and peri-menopause.
At a recent tribunal an office manager was awarded a £37,000 payout after her boss told her she used the menopause as an “excuse for everything”. The employment tribunal heard that the employee was told to “just get on with it” after being off work ill due to her symptoms. At Atoll HR we advise employers to ensure they have a Menopause Policy in place and train their managers to understand the potential impact and consider any reasonable adjustments for their employees. If you want more information or support on this matter please contact us.

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