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Labour announces plan to make larger employers adopt workplace menopause policies.
A Labour government will force all employers with over 250 employees to adopt a menopause policy, shadow women and equalities secretary Dawn Butler announced this weekend.
Under Labour’s plans, large employers with over 250 employees will be required to:
A report by ITV, in conjunction with Wellbeing of Women, found that a quarter of those surveyed had considered leaving their jobs because of the menopause.
Butler said: “These policies are important because women are working longer than ever before -some have no choice. These policies will make a positive difference for women up and down the country.”
Several employers have developed their own menopause policies over the last years and there has been much discussion about the kind of adjustments employers could make to support women with severe symptoms, such as adaptations to uniforms and increased ventilation.
Labour has also pledged to introduce a day one right to request flexible working for all employees, compulsory publication of action plans to go alongside gender pay audits for larger employers and the reinstatement of Section 40 of the Equality Act to protect employees from third party harassment.
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