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Menopause at work

Who should attend

HR professionals responsible for wellbeing. It may be relevant to OH and safety managers. We assume knowledge of absence management.

Synopsis

More women are in employment than ever before and they are working for longer. If your organisation wants to retain and attract female talent, and address any gender pay gap, it makes sense to consider the effects of this natural transition that will affect every woman, often in very different ways.

Some women ‘sail through’ the menopause. Others experience sleep disturbance, temperature fluctuations, palpitations, joint pain, mood swings, loss of confidence or self-esteem and poor concentration. These symptoms can last for a few months or for many years. Without reassurance and encouragement, women may find it hard to speak to their managers about their health particularly if they are male or more junior. They may not disclose the true reason for any absence, or they may withdraw from participation. These roundtables include the insight of an experienced occupational health doctor and consider your duty of care to mid-life female talent whose work may be affected and who deserve your support.

Programme

09.00 - 13.00

09.00 registration and coffee, 09.30 start

Menopause from a medical perspective

— how the menopause can affect performance
— variable onset, symptoms, severity and duration
— psychological impacts including anxiety and stress
— types of OH interventions and support
— premature onset: including cancer treatment
— range of good practice guidance

Developing more women leaders

— age at which the gender pay gap is widest?
— retaining female talent
— awareness, messages and training

Legal considerations

— inclusion and discrimination issues: could symptoms amount to a disability?
— health and safety responsibilities
— sickness absence and sex discrimination?
— reasonable adjustments: working hours, conditions, travel, clothing
— encouraging age diversity
— Merchant v BT plc: line manager insensitivity
— settlement or ‘voting with their feet’?

13.00 close, followed by lunch

Download the PDF here.

Speakers

Dr Jenny Leeser - Clinical Director Occupational Health
Jenny has experience of working with blue chip companies in most sectors and with smaller employers as well. She works with clinical and non-clinical colleagues to help customers get the most out of all their workplace health expenditures. She has 32 years of OH experience.

Helen Rice-Birchall - Principal Associate, Eversheds Sutherland
Helen advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law. She has worked closely with organisations like the CBI and Acas on policy development. Helen sits as an Employment Judge in the Manchester region.

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