What was the menopause leave proposal?
The Women and Equalities Committee of the House of Commons stated that the impact of menopause on women in the workplace was a “missed opportunity to protect vast numbers of talented and experienced women from leaving the workforce”.
The committee created a report with recommendations built on the effects of menopause. They critiqued the government’s “glacial” progress on this issue.
The report was first published in July 2022. It said that “the current law does not sufficiently protect women experiencing menopause and does not offer proper redress to those who suffer menopause-related discrimination, with evidence that many women have to demonstrate their menopausal symptoms amount to a disability to get redress”.
The committee believed because of this the current laws around menopause in the workplace are “haemorrhage talent”.
The government responded in January and said they wouldn’t be launching a consultation on these recommendations.
They believed it would “inadvertently create new forms of discrimination”.
The government identified these discriminations against men who could be “suffering from long-term medical conditions or eroding existing protections”.
The solution from the government was to encourage employers to implement workplace menopause policies. They stated, “we are concerned that specific menopause leave may be counterproductive to achieving this goal.”