The Minister for Work and Pensions and Minister for Women has confirmed that the government is not currently planning to introduce menopause as a protected characteristic under the Equality Act or to implement dual discrimination. Instead, the government will consult the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and Acas, to assess whether improvements can be made to increase understanding of the law in this area.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that there has been a significant increase in employment tribunal claims over the last year that has cited menopause. It is clear therefore that menopause is still a very hot topic that businesses need to take action on.
We have written a series of articles on this important topic, which include our top tips for those employers considering menopause-related initiatives of their own