Lack of support for skilled women going through menopause is costing businesses explains Thursfields Solicitors

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Businesses are losing skilled staff working at a senior level because they feel there is a lack of support from employers to help them cope with the menopause.

This loss of women will inevitably have an impact on organisations’ performance and will in many cases hit companies’ financial bottom lines, explains Lisa Kemp an associate director in the Employment Law team at Thursfields.

Another result is that employers’ gender pay gap reporting will suffer, because they are losing senior women who should be earning top salaries at the prime of their careers.

Any serious employer should be concerned that their senior staff feel they have got no choice but to leave because they are not being adequately supported through this important stage of their lives.

The government is currently looking into the possibility of mandating what businesses should do to help staff manage the menopause and whether a change in the existing legal framework needs reform.

But before Parliament stipulates what should happen, any smart employer should be taking steps to be on top of the game.

This proactive approach will not only reflect well ethically on the businesses or organisations concerned, but it will also ensure they continue to benefit by retaining some of their best staff.

These are just some of the reasons behind a free training session on the legalities and best practice of managing the effects of menopause at work that Thursfields Solicitors has organised to be held at its Worcester offices on 19 May.

This HR Exchange event titled ‘Menopause and the law’ has been specially designed for HR managers and business owners to give them an understanding of some of the issues involved with menopause in the workplace.

We’ll be looking at how the menopause and the law interact with each other and the steps an employer can take to help support those with menopause, ensuring their actions do not breach the law.

Lisa Kemp, Employment Law Associate Director at Thursfields, will host a training session to cover the legalities and best practice when managing the effects of menopause at work.

Key areas that Thursfields’ free training session will look at includes the following:

  • Menopause and the law.
  • How to create an open and trusted culture among staff.
  • The importance of awareness training for managers to deal with concerns sensitively.
  • Considering practical assistance and workplace adjustments.
  • Careful sickness absence management.
  • The importance of meaningful policies and procedures.

The menopause is a natural occurrence in life that should be understood, considered and acted upon by all employers.

By helping staff to deal with the menopause in the workplace, employers will only increase work rates, quality and loyalty.

But aside from the positive human outcome, employers should take the issue seriously as on top of possible future legislation there are already laws that can be used to protect anyone who feels they are not being treated properly at work.

This free HR Exchange event titled: ‘Menopause and the law’ will take place on

Thursday 19 May – 10am – 11am

at Thursfields’ offices – 9-10 The Tything, Worcester, WR1 1HD.

HR managers and business owners who want to register for spaces at this event should visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hr-exchange-menopause-and-the-law-tickets-311654044637

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