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27 February 2024

James Townsend comments for Watchdog on menopause symptoms being seen as a disability  

The full article addressing the legal obligations surrounding disability and menopause symptoms can be found linked below with kind permission.

“Menopause symptoms can be a disability, says UK watchdog. Businesses risk being sued if they do not make reasonable adjustments for staff experiencing menopause symptoms”, the UK’s equality watchdog has warned. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) today published new guidance on menopause in the workplace, setting out employers’ legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010.

James Townsend, Employment Law Expert, comments “As a team we have been working with larger employers who have implemented specific policies giving guidance on menopause in the workplace to managers and staff. Recent EHRC guidance will give further clarity on employer obligations in relation to menopause at work.”

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