Should workplaces offer women menopause leave? Vote here and tell us why... trends now

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Ministers have controversially rejected a proposal to trial a specific menopause leave policy for women undergoing 'the change'.

The Government also shot down another recommendation by the Women and Equalities Committee to make menopause a protected characteristic under the Equality Act.

If it had been accepted, this would have meant employers would have had to make reasonable adjustments for women hit by the crippling symptoms. 

Politicians said women were being let down by the Government's 'glacial' progress in making England's workplaces menopause-friendly.

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About eight in 10 women going through menopause suffer from problems like hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping, low mood or anxiety, and forgetfulness. 

The condition occurs in response to hormonal changes when a woman stops having periods.

In a report in July, the committee said the UK's lack of action on menopause support has left the economy 'haemorrhaging talent' with women quitting their jobs due to a lack of support. 

It also 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.

Many women instead have to demonstrate that their menopausal symptoms amount to a disability.

But ministers outright rejected five of its recommendations in a response that was received three and a half months late. 

In a letter to health minister Maria Caulfield, committee chair Caroline Nokes said the Government had 'ignored the significant evidence base' for equality law reform and called on it to review its position.

The committee had highlighted the 'low cost but high impact' of menopause-friendly workplace policies and menopause leave, which the Government has dismissed.

In the letter, the committee said it is 'extremely disappointing that the Menopause Taskforce has not met since prior to the summer recess, and that the industry roundtable on HRT supplies has been delayed a number of times'.

Though the Government said it has accepted, or partly accepted, in principle six of the recommendations, it comes under criticism from the committee for not actually committing to any new work in response to the report.

Women going through 'the change' can suffer anything from depression and anxiety to vaginal dryness and weight gain

Women going through 'the change' can suffer anything from depression and anxiety to vaginal dryness and weight gain

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