Can You Get Time Off Work Because Of Menopause? The Menopause Guide For Employees

As we progress towards a more empathetic and inclusive society, understanding workplace rights during crucial life transitions, such as menopause, is paramount. For many women in the UK, this is a pressing concern. 

While menopause is not a protected characteristic under the Equality Act, employees experiencing it have rights and deserve understanding and support.

In this article we delve deeper into the legal aspects and workplace policies concerning menopause, shedding light on the rights and support available for those experiencing this natural life transition.

If you’re experiencing menopause symptoms that are affecting your performance at work, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our menopause specialists here at OMC to explore what treatment options are available.


The Impact of Menopause on Work

Menopause can present a range of symptoms, all of which can affect one’s ability to perform at work optimally. 

With menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, headaches and migraines, joint pain and muscle soreness, these symptoms can all affect work performance and may result in the need for sudden time off, difficulty in adhering to stringent working schedules, increased irritability, and a decrease in concentration levels.

Addressing Menopause Struggles at Work

Open and frank conversations with line managers can help alleviate work-related pressures due to menopause. 

Disclosure can help inform the company about your situation, enabling them to make reasonable accommodations to ease your work environment. Such changes can include flexible work arrangements and adjustments to working conditions. 

Many workplaces are recognising the importance of providing support to employees going through menopause. As such, a growing number of businesses are creating and implementing a menopause policy. This policy is typically part of a wider wellbeing or occupational health strategy. It outlines how the company will support staff experiencing menopause, with measures that might include: