Acas says companies should provide menopause awareness training for managers. | Consensus HR – Herts, Beds
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) says companies should provide awareness training for managers about the menopause. Advice for companies includes making practical changes at work to help staff manage their symptoms, such as the availability of cold drinking water and temperature control, and how to handle the issue “with sensitivity.” Susan Clews, chief executive of Acas, said: “British businesses overwhelmingly feel that it is important to support women experiencing menopause at work. Staff can experience menopause in different ways and some symptoms can be severe both physically and mentally. Acas has a range of advice for employers on how best to support women impacted by the menopause: to stay at work , keep within the law and avoid any potential conflicts before they arise. We are encouraging businesses to take advantage of Acas’s expertise to develop a menopause policy, provide training and start conversations with staff to help normalise menopause, and provide a safe space for staff at work and to help women to stay at work. ”
Our HR comment: – Acas says companies should provide awareness training for managers about the menopause | Consensus HR – Herts, Beds
Matthew P Chilcott, FCIPD, ACEL, Owner of Consensus HR comments: “This is a very interesting article from the Daily Telegraph in relation to ACAS and what they are now advising businesses in relation to the Menopause. ACAS is an independent organisation that provides support to businesses and some great information, and the ACAS Code of Practice is the main practice that must be followed at all times when dealing with any area of HR such as disciplinaries and grievances. At Consensus HR, we ensure our clients are always kept up to date with best practice and the law and is why all our retained clients who have our employee handbook have this, Policy. A very recent case at an Employment Tribunal in Leicester in February 2022 involving Ms Rooney involved the first Employment Appeal Tribunal decision that menopause symptoms can amount to a disability for the purposes of the Equality Act, setting a legal precedent. Business owners / Managers should ensure that they always keep up with legislation, best practice and any precedents that have been set by recent cases. Full details in relation to the case can be found by clicking here”
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