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Temperatures Rise as Businesses Tackle the Menopause at Work

How should employers treat menopausal women in the workplace?

This, and other questions, will be addressed and debated on the first day of the world’s only Menopause Festival, taking place online on April 30th and May 1st.

The ‘Menopause at Work’ seminar on afternoon of April 30th is aimed at employers, Trustees, Board members,  line managers, trade unions and employment lawyers. It will explore the rights of women and their employers’ obligations, menopause policies and how the menopause impacts on women’s economic participation at a national level.

The festival, now in its third  year, will take place online and will be officially opened by Kirsty Wark, patron of the Menopause Café charity.

One of the speakers on Friday 30th April is Kate Wyatt, Employment law Partner with law firm Lindsays.

Kate said, “Many of us are accustomed to reading or hearing about the menopause in women’s magazines, health supplements and lifestyle programmes but there’s very little talk of it in business circles.

“In years gone by, it’s not a subject which people have been comfortable speaking about but that is changing so that mindset shift has to filter through to the workplace too.

“I will be highlighting best practice, explaining what employers need to be doing and highlighting the huge strides which society has made in terms of women’s participation in the workplace.  It’s not just about supporting women while they bring up their children anymore, but also supporting them in the later stages, ensuring that steps are in place to retain women at work to the mutual benefit of both the employer and employee.”

Kate will be joined by fellow speakers Prof Jo Brewis of the Open University, author of the Government report on how menopause impacts on women’s economic participation; Darron Dupre, Regional Organiser UNISON Cymru Wales and Kelly Innes from CIPD. There will also be group discussions, sharing good practice, and a panel discussion relating to issues raised. 

The following day, Saturday 27 April 2019, will welcome members of the public, both men and women, to celebrate menopause. Keynote speaker Sam Bunch, author of ‘Menopause: a hot topic’, will talk about her story, followed by Dr Heather Currie, ex-chair of the British Menopause Society, will speak on medical aspects of the menopause. There will also be a number of workshops on poetry, speaking out, belly-dancing, nutrition and yoga. Evening entertainment is on offer, with comedy on the Friday night and cabaret on the Saturday night.

Lindsays, law firm for people and businesses,  is the principal sponsor of this year’s Menopause Festival, with additional support from Rowan Consultancy, the Robertson Trust and the Guildry Incorporation of Perth.

For detailed programme and to book tickets, visit https://www.menopausecafe.net/menopause-festival-2021-flushfest2021/  

Early Bird tickets costs £45 if booked before 28th February, the standard price is £60.

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