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In brief

The Minister for Work and Pensions and Minister for Women has confirmed that the government is not currently planning to introduce menopause as a protected characteristic under the Equality Act or to implement dual discrimination. Instead, the government will consult the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and Acas, to assess whether improvements can be made to increase understanding of the law in this area.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that there has been a significant increase in employment tribunal claims over the last year that has cited menopause. It is clear therefore that menopause is still a very hot topic that businesses need to take action on.

We have written a series of articles on this important topic, which include our top tips for those employers considering menopause-related initiatives of their own

Please click here and here to access the articles.


Monica Kurnatowksa is a partner in the Firm’s London office. She is recognised by The Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a leading individual. Chambers say she has “impressive experience of handling complex employment disputes and advisory matters for major clients. She is known for her expertise in trade union matters.” "The breadth of her experience is phenomenal." "She is an outstanding lawyer who provides a first-class service while juggling the intense demands of running high-profile matters on behalf of her clients. She is unflappable, courteous and extremely knowledgeable”. Monica is a member of the Consultation Board of PLC Employment On-line and is a regular speaker at internal and external seminars and workshops.


Mandy Li is a Knowledge Lawyer in Baker McKenzie London office.


Hannah Swift is a senior associate in the Baker McKenzie employment department with over 14 years' experience in a broad range of employment law issues.

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