Menopause guidance for employers

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Useful guidance to help employers understand their responsibility to provide support to staff affected by menopause

The menopause is a natural stage of life that is usually experienced by women between 45 and 55 years of age. However, some women can experience the menopause before 40 years of age. Most women will experience menopausal symptoms. Some of these symptoms, which may be physical, psychological and emotional, can be quite severe and have a significant impact on every day activities.

Menopause guidance for employers

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Northern Ireland Committee and Labour Relations Agency have produced the guidance Promoting Equality in Employment for Women Affected by the Menopause, to explain why menopause may be a workplace issue for some employees and how employers can support those affected by it.

The guidance, which is aimed at employers and trade unions, has been designed to assist employers, working together with employees and trade unions, to build a positive and supportive workplace for anyone going through the menopause. It includes good practice examples, a checklist for employers and other useful resources to help employers develop their policies and procedures to support women who are affected by the menopause whilst working.

Download Promoting Equality in Employment for Women Affected by Menopause (PDF, 1.46MB). has also published guidance on menopause in the workplace with practical steps you can take now to address menopause and support staff affected by menopausal symptoms.

See menopause in the workplace: employer guidance.

First published 21 May 2021