Menopause is the time during a woman’s life when menstruation permanently and naturally stops. It is defined as occurring when the individual has experienced no periods for 12 consecutive months. However, changing hormone levels can cause issues months or even years before the menopause. This is known as the perimenopause.
Also referred to as “the change of life”, the menopause and perimenopause can cause a chain reaction of physical and psychological side effects to a woman’s body. As a company, we have a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all of our employees under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974. In addition, the Equality Act 2010 outlines that individuals must not be discriminated against due to any form of disability and we recognise that the symptoms of the menopause may constitute a disability. We are committed to ensuring appropriate support and assistance is provided to any employee who is going through the menopause.
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